Brief History​

The Society for the Severely Mentally Handicapped, Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan (SSMH) is a voluntary welfare organization established in 1984 and registered with the Registrar of Societies with the objective of providing rehabilitation facilities to children and youths with severe mental and physical (multiple) disabilities. Following this objective, a Day Care and Training Centre was set up in June 1985.

The Centre started with a small group of severely mentally disabled children and 4 staff. Today, the Centre has 10 Staff comprising an Administrator, a Physiotherapist, an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, 5 Teachers and a Housekeeper. It has an enrolment of 20 children in the Individual Education Program, and 9 teens and young adults in the Living Skills Group.

Over the years the Centre has expanded its programs from simple day care with some physical activities to the current program which aims to provide training to maximise the children’s functional skills including motor, cognitive, communication, social and self-help skills.

Working with the full-time staff are volunteers including paediatricians, college students, home makers and friends and families of SSMH – people who have contributed some of their time, resources and services to help towards the efficient running of the Centre.

Currently, rehabilitation services for the severely mentally disabled are being provided by both the Government and by private voluntary organizations. However, not many cater specifically to helping to train those with multiple disabilities. The Society is thus focused on efforts to meet the needs of this group of special children.

The Society requires about RM30,000 monthly to maintain and run the Training Centre. Funds for this centre come from donations received from the general public as well as some annual government grants from the Department of Social Welfare. Funds are also obtained through various fundraising events which are organized several times a year. The generous support of many caring Malaysians has indeed gone a long way towards helping us make life more meaningful for the children and their families. That support has also enabled us to refurbish our training centre to make it a lot more conducive to the training activities for the children.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

- John Holmes.

What We Do

The Society for the Severely Mentally Handicapped was established not only to care for but also to create public awareness about children with severe multiple disabilities.

  • those who are mentally handicapped but can still respond to skill training in the use of legs, hands and jaws;
  • those who are mentally handicapped but can benefit from systematic habit training;
  • those who are mentally handicapped but can learn simple communication skills, basic health and safety habits, simple manual skills and perhaps some basic reading and arithmetic skills;
  • those who are mentally handicapped but with additional handicaps such as physical impairment and /or serious personal / behavior problems related to their disabilities.

Member List

Fadillah Binti Mohd Yakin


Muzamal Bin Bakri

Vice President

Dr. Leong Kok Hoong

Internal Auditor

Soo Jok Hua

Internal Auditor

Noriah Binti Abdul Rahman

Hon. Secretary

Chan Chee Chin

Hon. Treasurer

Rosalind Lee Muzamal

Council Member

Ong Pang Kiat

Council Member

Dato Abdul Rahim Bin Osman

Council Member

Faridah Binti Abdul Kadir

Council Member

Mary Lee Hong Gee

Council Member

Raja Singham A/L S. Sukumara Singham

Council Member

Brian John Lariche

Council Member

Our Team

Tham Keng Seng


Dharshini Manogaran

Head Therapist & Physiotherapist

Nurizatul Syazreen Mohammad Azizan


Jass Nuur Farah Farzanah Jefridin


Suzie Siam

Occupational Therapist

Fauziah bt Abdullah


Mary Airnath




Sumithira Murugan