If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you are definitely in need of support. There may be days where you feel all alone in your struggle, that you have not had the opportunity to seek encouragement from those who have gone through similar roads.

Find support in this interview with Rafidah Rafizah Ahmad of Cerebral Palsy Malaysia.

GAPS (Gabungan Anak-Anak Palsi Serebrum or Alliance of Children with Cerebral Palsy) is one of those charities. GAPS is a registered nonprofit organisation that believes in creating possibilities for the Cerebral Palsy community through empowerment initiatives and foster CP awareness to the public.

There are many amazing non-governmental organisations in Malaysia working hard to make a change by providing services to, or advocating on behalf of, children with disabilities. GAPS is one of those charities and works to benefit the Cerebral Palse community by:

  • Providing a platform of holistic support for people with Cerebral Palsy and their families.
  • Introducing the concept of Conductive Education for children and individuals with Cerebral Palsy in Malaysia.
  • Establishing a one stop centre for the intervention, education, rehabilitation, care and research and development for people with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Cooperating with other societies and organisations as well as the relevant bodies of authority to raise awareness and educate the public on issues relating to Cerebral Palsy in particular and people with disabilities in general as well as their respective families.
  • Organising educational and awareness programmes to empower people with Cerebral Palsy and their families.
  • Publishing, issuing and disseminating/distributing information aimed at awareness, education and useful information relating specifically to Cerebral Palsy and to other disabilities in general.

GAPS Malaysia is one of the 2022 participants in Facebook’s Community Accelator, a program to help leaders harness the power of their community to turn impactful ideas into action.