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



Services to the Mentally Challenged has emerged as a need based initiative in the year 2000, when we found many parents of children with hearing impairment and mental retardation approached us for help. One among them was Ponnuthai, a young construction worker who lost her husband due to cardiac arrest. She had a young son named Nesamani who was 6 years old. He had no eye contact, no speech and daily living skills. His only action was asking for food all the time. The boy seemed very pathetic and the mother had no way to help him except finding a source for meals and living for them. The Madurai YMCA responded to this situation immediately by training him without demanding any money from the mother and the life of Nesamani has been transformed tremendously. Today, he is able to take care of his daily activities; he plays happily with the other children in the school and hostel. His cognition and eye contact has improved. The widowed mother who was in tears is happy and cheerful seeing the development of her son.

This special programme provides opportunities for more 100 mentally challenged children to develop their daily living skills, get basic education and facilitate them to develop their capacities through special schooling. Professionals such as Psychiatrist, Psychologist and Physiotherapist play a vital role in our rehabilitation team. Special emphasis on Sensory stimulation and speech therapy are given for our children.


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'