The school was first founded by Husband & Wife, Mohammad Ali Dawood and Faraliza Zainal.

It began when Ashraf, at the age of 18 months, was diagnosed with a rare disease, tuberous sclerosis. The disease caused a benign tumor to develop on a vein leading to his brain. This restricted blood flow, and a doctor warmed that Ashraf might start experiencing seizures. “And true enough, at two years old, he had an epilepsy attack,” she said. The fits, sometimes three a night, kept them up at night. Then their problems snowballed when Ashraf turned three.

He was diagnosed with autism and sensory integrated dysfunction, a condition that makes it difficult for him to feel his body’s limits. Said Mr Ali: “At one stage, he wouldn’t stop eating until he vomited. He couldn’t feel that he was full.”

Mdm Fara admitted: ‘‘I was in denial for two years. I couldn’t accept it.” It wasn’t until a friend told her that God had given her Ashraf “because he knows that you are the only one who can bear and raise him”, that she finally embraced the situation.

She gave up her corporate career and learned how to be a special needs educator. She threw herself into learning about autism by taking up short courses on behaviour management, alternative therapy, and movement therapy. She found that Ashraf responded best to the last.

When MIJ began in 2011, it offered only weekend classes. We soon had 15 students, with Mdm Fara as the sole teacher, training her students motor skills through movement therapy. Finding a space to run classes was the biggest initial hurdle. They encountered numerous rejections before Sultan Mosque agreed to let MIJ have a space. Word soon travelled. After a local newspaper featured us, MIJ found itself rapidly growing. The school filled a gap in services for special-needs students in the community.


Our Core Values We are passionate and dedicated to foster an environment that nurture individuals with special needs cognitively, socially, and emotionally so that they are equipped to tackle challenges and become productive members in an inclusive society.

We believe that every individual with or without special needs deserve respect and given opportunities in life.

We believe that appropriate resources including technology, innovative and specialized approaches/methods and accompanying professional development are essential in developing quality program that caters to the special needs community.

We believe when families, learning institutions and the community are collaboratively engaged in the life and well being of individuals with special needs, they will achieve their fullest potential.


Each individual with learning differences is unique and inspiring. We strive to develop their fullest potential and to instil in them a sense of empowerment. We provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment for them to grow holistically and to mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, morally and socially.

A community of passionate friends dedicated to provide individual with Special Needs the key to an inspirational life, lighting the path to a brighter future.


Ashraf’s Cafe is located at the first floor of Paradise@Pergas. It’s a cafe that aims to support individuals with special needs to achieve a long term paid employment, become more independent, and live a fulfilling life.

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INSPO is a platform for individuals with special needs to express their creativity by producing products that are catered to the community.

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