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●Independent Living Support Service. Click here for more details

●One year Social Welfare Workers' Training Programme in Japan. Email acspenang@gmail.com for more details

● Vacancy: Looking for enthusiastic and committed staff to work with children with disabilities . Interested candidate please fill in the form and email to acspenang@gmail.com.

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● Nov 16th & 17th 2019    6th Annual SENIA Malaysia Conference

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● On going - Skills Workshop Packages

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Asia Community Service was established in October 1996, as a non-profit organisation by its founder members Professor Ken Nakazawa, Ms Khor Ai-Na, Ms Kong Lan Lee and the late Assoc Prof Dr Angeline S B. Cheah. The main vision is to empower people with special needs towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life in he society. The focus, however, is targeted towards young children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The organization is currently run by an CEO and governed by a five member Board of Directors, namely

Dato Gillian Y.K. Teh Chairman Click to email!
Professor Ken Nakazawa Director Click to email!
Ms. Kong Lan Lee Director Click to email!
Ms. Zurina Hayati Meah Director Click to email!
Dr. Tan Liok Ee Director Click to email!
Ms. Khor Ai-Na C.E.O. Click to email!

The main objective of the organisation then was to translate words into action. Hence the beginning of the service deliveries.


1997 April started First Step Early Intervention Centre in a rented premise in Medan Tembaga, Island Park
1999 October First Step Centre moved to another rented premise in Minden Heights
2000 February started Stepping Stone Work Centre in a rented premise in Taman Sri Genting, Balik Pulau
2000 July started Riding for Disabled Activities in Penang
2001 January started Step (Skills Training & Employment Preparation) Centre in Kompleks Sri Relau
2001 April started Jom Mobile Toy Library with the donation of a Rusa Van from the Senuma family
2004 May Stepping Stone moved to its new current building in Pulau Betong
2004 December closure of Step Training Centre after trainees gained experience in outside job placements
2005 July Mutiara Voice Self Advocacy Club was born
2008 December Jom Mobile Toy Library received a Toyota Unser from Jactim Foundation
2009 April First Step Centre relocated to current premise in Gelugor
2009 May First Step Centre stated a branch in Seberang Jaya on mainland Penang
2010 March started Pemancar House Respite Care Support Centre in Gelugor
2013 introduce Job Coach services


In the past few years, ACS has successfully carried out several joint projects with Bold Association for Children with Special Needs Penang. Due to the similarity of goals, objectives and common grounds in shared values and approaches on special needs and disabilities issues, both organisations see many more possibilities of pooling resources to synergize towards providing better services for the special needs population.

In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in August to formalize this partnership.

ACS is also a founding member of the National Early Childhood Intervention Council and plays an active role with its CEO in the position of the Vice President of the NECIC.

A Non-Profit Organisation Providing Services To People With Special Needs, In Particular Reference To Those With Disabilities
Copyright 2010 - Asia Community Service
Updated as of December 2016

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