The Spastics Society of Tamilnadu (SPASTN)


Special Education Centres – 3

SPASTN began its life here in 1981.This center in Central Chennai serves the urban slums. It provides all services needed by children with Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities

An 18,000 square foot building in our headquarters at Taramani, houses the Special Education Centre. Located in it are the departments of Early Intervention, Physiotherapy, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Speech and Language, Music, Play School [Montessori set-up], Books & Toy Library, Special Education classrooms, unit for Sensory Integration, Science and Computer labs, a unit for  children with multiple disabilities and sensory problems and solar heated Hydrotherapy. This building is barrier free. SPASTN is an accredited institution for the National Institute of Open Schooling, (NIOS), for academic and selected vocational courses.

This center, opened in 1989 in the slums of North Chennai, offers all the services required for children with Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities.

Human Resources Development Centre [HRDC]

SPASTN has a Human Resources Development Centre, where we provide quality training in disability management for persons who wish to start a career or enhance their skills in Rehabilitation.

Our training programmes are recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India as a study center for University of Madras, Indira Gandhi National Open University and Tamilnadu Open University. 

Special Education Centres (SEC)
Our School provide special education program for children and adults with multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and mental retardation. The SEC services includes services for infants, toddlers all the way to working with young adults. The Special education centre provides a holistic and nurturing environment for education and enrichment programs. There are daily programmes that cover five domain areas such as Language & Communication, Motor Skills, Self Help Skills, Cognition and Social Skills.

SEC provides support services such as:
•    Physiotherapy
•    Neurodevelopmental Therapy
•    Occupational Therapy
•    Sensory Integration Therapy
•    Music Therapy
•    Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Therapy)
•    Medical Intervention
•    Dental Intervention
•    Counseling
•    Positive Behaviour Support
•    Computer Assisted Learning

The children are placed in the following classes based on their age and their ability:

•    Early Intervention
•    LKG
•    UKG
•    Multiple Disability Units I, II, III
•    Functional Academics I, II
•    Functional Skill Units I, II
•    Open Basic Education I, II, III
•    Behaviour Intervention Unit
•    Integrated Classroom
•    Skill Training Unit – Boys & Girls
•    NIOS – Boys & Girls

Vocational Training Centre, Taramani

Students at age 14 enter the transition programs who may not be able to cope with mainstream curriculum. They are trained in prevocational skills based on their potential, current abilities and needs for support. Students with high support needs are trained in sheltered workshop setting. They are trained in paper cup making, candle lights, phenyl making, paper bags, etc. Functional academics are an integral part of their curriculum. For their social and recreational needs they have curricular activities like dancing, painting and sport activities.

Able@WoW (World of Work)

ABLE@WOW’s is a community based vocational training program with key community partners from the Food & Beverage and Hospitality Services industry. The key focus is to train students for employability skills in areas where there are job opportunities so that we move away from supply-driven to demand-driven model of vocational training to meet the training needs of PWD. Initially the project shall focus on key areas such as Food & Beverage, Environmental Cleaning and Hospitality Services. We carry out career assessment for students before we train them.

The context of training shall be both at the Centre based and on-job-training gradually moving on to work-experience program. The on-the-job training differentiates itself from work-experience program as the staff of SPASTN will be providing job and skills training support at the work site and when a student’s skills have reached a level of fluency the amount of staff support would be gradually reduced to being intermittent when on work-experience program. The program prepares the community partners through Employer Education program. The school works closely with employers so that once our students are placed on the job we have created the support systems to ensure sustainability on the job.

Workshop & Orthotics

This unit consists of a core workshop where special need-based furniture is made for our children and outside institutions. The Orthotics unit manufactures calipers and other assistive devices. This workshop also makes furniture and equipment using Appropriate Paper Technology.

Family Service Centre

Children with disability and their families, who come from distant parts of the country for our services, are housed here for short periods. Accommodation is also available for participants of seminars and workshops.

Open Air Auditorium

All major events are conducted here, under the trees, as are daily assembly, prayers and yoga for children.