Young Men's Christian Association

  • "Know me for my abilities, not my disability" - Robert M. Hensel
  • "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" – Mark Twain
  • "Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone" – Martina Navratilova
  • "I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability." – Robert M. Hensel
  • "Children with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are just as beautiful as all others, but they need help to spread their wings"
  • "The only disability in life, is a bad attitude" – Scott Hamilton
  • "Different but not less" – Temple Grandin
  • "Dis ABILITY: Broken in Body; Not in Spirit"
  • "Use their Skills: Light their Lives"
  • "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" – Frederick Douglass



YMCA Special School for the Mentally Challenged is functioning at Ellisnagar since the year 2000. This project emerged as a highly need based Initiative when children with hearing impairment were found with multiple problems and Intellectual Impairment. Over the years, a number of children with multiple impairments from very low income families have been supported by the YMCA. The school offers residential facilities for children from far off places.

Currently this special programme provides opportunities for 100 children with intellectual Disabilities such as Down's syndrome, Autism with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, microcephaly and other types of mental disabilities ranging from mild to severe levels. Basic academic skills, daily living skills, sensory trainings, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and computer skills are offered for the children with the support of trained professionals and special educators. Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychologist play a vital role in our rehabilitation team.

Training in candle making is offered for the students and training in banana fibre and jute products making is offered for the mothers of our children. Children friendly classroom environment and play facilities adds colour and value to the special schooling.


YMCA Special School for the Mentally Challenged
Ellisnagar, Madurai – 10
Project Head: Mrs. A.Anbu Selvi
Phone No : 0452- 2602903.

General Secretary: Mrs. J.Shamila Doris
Mobile No: 94430 - 17760.

Attention Please:- 'As a policy, we in YMCA Madurai do not engage or authorize our students with Hearing Impairment to appeal for donations on behalf of the charitable services provided. If at any point you are approached with such appeals, kindly dismiss them as fake and if possible kindly bring such dubious activities to our notice. Thank you'