Brief History of the Centre

In 1986, The School for the Deaf, Tawau was established by the Basel Christian Church of Tawau, under the consultancy of a Special Education Coordinator from Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Tan Yap.  At this time, the centre served only hearing impaired students, and was less than half of its current size.

In 1989, Persatuan Untuk Orang Pekak, Tawau took over the administration from the Basel Christian Church and began implementing “Queued Speech” courses for the public on a regular basis.

In 1994 due to the generous patronage of Mr. Teo Soon Seng, PUOP expanded its services to begin education and caring for students who are intellectually and physically challenged.

Today, our main objective is to provide education for those who have missed out from the government education system.  We currently have 4 sections of our centre:  Function Living Skills, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Deaf Education, and Sensory Integration and Rehabilitation, and employ around 30 individuals from the local community as teachers, teaching assistants, and administration.

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