About Us

BOLD Executive Committee, 2014-2016

President:  Dato' Dr. Sharom Ahmat 

Deputy President: Ms Lim Kah Cheng

Hon. Secretary:  Ms Khor Ai Na

Hon. Asst. Secretary:  Ms. Ivy Loo

Hon. Treasurer:  Ms. Yep Beng Hong

Committee Members:  Ms. Chia Kien Eng

                                         Ms. Grace Lau 

                                         Dr. Hamima Dona Mustafa 

                                         Ms. Irene Teoh

                                         Ms Shirley Loo     

                                         Poh Heem Heem                                     

Honorary Executive Director:  Dr. Tan Liok Ee

Internal Auditor: Mr. Lee Shok Mee

Legal Adviser: Ms Lim Kah Cheng



BOLD started in 1998 as part of the Penang Educational Consultative Council, a Penang State Government initiative to improve educational services and facilities in the state. As the Bureau On Learning Difficulties, our modest objective then was to serve as a resource centre for parents and teachers while trying to raise awareness about learning difficulties.


There was very enthusiastic response to our workshops and talks.

Parents and teachers expressed the great need for more knowledge and services. In response, we began to conduct research as well as provide some intervention services. Spurred on by available funding and a small core of enthusiastic volunteers, we have explored a wide range of different activities since 1998. (see Activities)

 In 2008, we became a registered society so that our work for Children with Special Needs would continue to grow with a long term vision in mind.

Currently, BOLD has 2 activity Centers - one on Penang Island which is sponsored by annual funding from the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) and the other on Mainland Penang, launched in 2006 with the pledge of 5 years of support from Pertubuhan Bunga Tanjung  (see Contact Us).

BOLD is a partner of Asia Community Service (ACS),  a well-known Penang organization whose work is closely related.   Working together, ACS and BOLD plan to provide better services and more support to families of children with Special Needs.

BOLD runs Intervention Programs for children of different ages, with different kinds of needs.  (see Programs)

Our Resource Centre has a collection of over 500 books and videos on various kinds of Special Needs and intervention methods. (see Resource Centre)

As a non-profit NGO, our charges for services are nominal and in some cases totally free.  We depend entirely on the support of the Penang State Government; grants from various organizations as well as generous donations from the public to keep our programs running from year to year.  Fund raising is an ongoing process.

Donations can be made by Cash or Cheque (payable to BOLD Association for Children with Special Needs, Penang) or direct bank-in to CIMB 8003946993

ALL DONATIONS TO BOLD ARE TAX EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 44(6) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1967