The Spastics Society of Tamilnadu (SPASTN)



36 YEARS 1981-2016




· In the International Year of the Disabled, The Spastics Society of Tamilnadu [SPASTN] was established by Mrs. Shanti Sadiq Ali, as the first centre in the Southern Indian Region, exclusively for spastic children at the C.P.Ramasamy Arts Centre.  SPASTN’s first urban centre was at Ayanavaram in Central Madras.




· Established the second urban centre was at Taramani, South Madras on 5 acres of land donated by Late Dr. M.G.Ramachandran, the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu




· Launched One Year Teacher Training Course in Special Education at the under-graduate level. – Multidisciplinary Assistant Course [MDA]




· The third urban centre at Royapuram, North Madras in the middle of an urban slum community

· Core Workshop at the Taramani Campus for making individualized positioning aids.




· Early Detection Programme in 5 city Government Hospitals for screening high-risk NEWBORN babies immediately after delivery, before discharge from hospitals [FIRST such programme in India].

· Recognition of One Year Postgraduate and Undergraduate Diploma in Special Education courses recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India.




· Community Based Rehabilitation in 2 Blocks in the Chengalpet District  - Development of Linkage Model

· Modified Gymnasium






· Human  Resource Development Centre at Taramani, with hostel facilities for outstation students

· A Separate Building  for Vocational Training Centre

· Open Air Auditorium

· Organized International Seminar “Confluences”




· Offered Affiliation status to NGOs in Pondicherry, and Madhya Pradesh

· SPAS Foods, a food processing unit run by Disabled girls and their mothers, as an income generating programme




· MORE – Mobile Rural Extension in 6 Blocks in Chengai Anna District [Kancheepuram Dt.], through Government Health Centres

· Research in Computer Software Development with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the NIIT

· Extension of CBR to 6 blocks.  Development of Linkage Model of CBR

· Interface on Disability, NGO Network of Tamilnadu to reach disabled children in every districts and villages of Tamilnadu, through the replication of the Linkage Model by 22 NGOs Partners. 

· Orthotic unit for making low-cost and individualized splints, calipers, modified computer equipment, dressing tools etc Extension of CBR activities to other blocks of  Chengai Anna and Chengai MGR  Districts [i.e., currently known as Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram]

· Development of awareness/training materials – books, posters, video-films etc.

· Customized Short training courses launched :-


v Village Health Nurses of the Department of Public Health

v Multipurpose Health Workers of the Corporation of Chennai

v Nurses of the Indian Red Cross Society and M.A.Chidambaram College of Nursing

v ICDS Personnel Mobile and Special Teams, Grade I Supervisors, Department of Social Welfare

v Personnel of the Tamilnadu Integrated Nutrition Project

v NGO Personnel  from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Kerala, Pondicherry and District Level NGOs in Tamilnadu and from Department of Social Welfare, Sri Lanka, Caritas Hospital, Cambodia

v Organized Workshop on Assistive Devices for UNESCAP  & Government of India




· Launching of the Action Group on Advocacy for the Disabled.

· High-risk screening extended to 9 Government Hospitals in Chennai and covering 35 PHCs outside Chennai

· Short term stay facility for Family Service Centre for the rural disabled children and families in Taramani [short-term residential facility]

· Best Institution Award by the Government of Tamilnadu




· Multi-Sectoral Linkages with Departments of Education and Rural Development of the  Government of Tamilnadu

· Inclusion of children with disabilities within the regular education system in Chennai and Tiruvannamalai & Thiruvallur districts.




· Mrs. Aloka Guha, Director received the National Award for Best Individual in the field of Disability

· Separate Orthotics Unit and Workshop Building

· Accreditation to National Open School




· Accreditation to Indira Gandhi National Open University

· Training for Primary Health Centres Doctors – RCI National Programme

· A Rights Awareness Campaign on Persons with Disability and the Act – PACT




· SPASTN won the UNESCAP HRD Award for 2000

· Mrs. Aloka Guha, Director, nominated as Chairperson, National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities

· SPASTN has been selected as Facilitator for setting up of District Centres under GPY

· Launched the pilot program on Empowerment of Girls and Women with Disabilities – called the EDGE

· SPASTN selected as study centre in Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy by Rehabilitation Council of India – for Bhoj University’s B.Ed. Course – Distance Education

· Book launched on “Towards Inclusive Communities”, supported by Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation




· National Award for the Best Institution, Government of India

  • Appointed as Information Centre for National Trust, Government of India



  • National Award for Barrier Free Environment, Government of India
  • Excellence in Achievement, Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi - 2002
  • Established a Multiple Disability Unit with the support from Hilton Perkins, Boston, U.S.A
  • Job Oriented training for young adults with Multiple Disabilities – Able Art




  • National Award for the Best Information Centre, National Trust, Government of India
  • RAID [Rights Awareness in Disability] in 15 Districts of Tamil Nadu – II Phase
  • State Nodal Agency Centre for National Trust
  • Solar lighting for Taramani Campus
  • Multisensory Garden in CBR





  • National Award for the Best Information Centre, National Trust, Government of India
  • Rain Water Harvesting System, supported by Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai
  • Papers Presented at the International Congress at Stavanger, Norway on Congress - Inclusive Education, supported by USAID, New Delhi




  • National Award for the Best Creative Child, Government of India
  • State Award for the Best Institution for Implementing Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Government of Tamilnadu
  • SPASTN entrusted to run The State Resource Training Centre [SRTC] , Government of Tamilnadu

· National Award for the Best State Nodal Agency Centre, National Trust, Government of India, New Delhi




· National Award for the “Best Creative Disabled Child”, Government of India

  • Completed 25yrs of commendable work for persons with disability – a significant milestone and landmark
  • Released Souvenir magazine and a book on ‘Special Yoga for Children with special needs’
  • Energy efficient Green Effort of a Solar Powered Hydrotherapy to provide aquatic therapy for students opened.




  • Vocational Training Centre – Extension Building, sponsored by Mr. Prabhakar Reddy
  • International workshop on Breathe and Walk  - THE NDT Way

· Vazhndhu Kattuvom programme in Ellapuram Block launched



· Mrs. Geetha Jeevan, Honourable Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Tamilnadu launched the Niramaya Health Insurance Scheme under National Trust.

· Granted affiliation from University of Madras for P.G.Diploma in Developmental Therapy [PGDDT] and P.G. Diploma in Special Education [PGDSE].

· MOU with Lifeline Hospitals for training and job placements for young adults

· Book on Basic Developmental Therapy published




· Programme Study Centre for  Indira Gandhi National Open University

· Certificate course in Early Childhood Special Education [CP] – Distance Education




· State Level Awareness Programme – Badhte Kadam II, Sponsored by National Trust



· Launched Able@World of Work (ABLE@WOW) for providing Community Based Vocational Training for students in portable generic and core skills through customized and structured training that is person-centred with clear Vocational Pathways.

  • “Together – Sure We Can” aims to provide training and placement opportunities for young adults with disability IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT IN THE Food and Beverage Sector.

· 12 students placed on On-site training at the Copper Chimney outlet in Taramani.

  • The first World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated and Blue to Work campaign launched and number of community partners and corporate participated. SNAC-Tamilnadu organized three campaigns at three places in Chennai and Thiruvallur districts.




  • Avaz  - Alternative and Augmentative Communication  tool is now used in classrooms and a total of 6 tablets are available.
  • Therapeutainment Kinect (X-BOX GAMES): The Kinect or X-box games is a motion sensory video game. The Sensor senses the human movements and enable the participant to play different games that comes along in different CDs
  • SPANDAN National Trust Award – Best Individual Category, Government of India awarded for Parent-Child-Model of Community Based Vocational Training.
  • The Fitness Centre is a State-of-the-art Gym with to improve the Physical Fitness – both strength and endurance of young adults and adolescents of SPASTN. Physical Therapist oversees the training.  More than 150 children use the Fitness Centre.
  • Pink  Brigade -  Adolescent and adult girls with special needs, dressed in their new attire, joined their friends in the newly inaugurated Pizzeria.
  • Rehabilitation Council of India (Under the National plan of Action to implement FCECD through online). A total of 17 BRC’s in 17 district were inspected and 22 Faculty for the on line course were trained out of 11 districts were given training.
  • Customized State-of-Art Sensory Integration Unit designed and developed by SPASTN for State Resource Training Centre, Chennai.
  • Kinect Therapeutainment for children with disabilities
  • Reed Elsevier sponsored books for our Library



  • The Visit of Their Majesties Emperor and Empress of Japan on December 5th 2013. The Royal couple and their entourage of former Prime Minister, Senior Officials of Government of Japan and Senior Officials from Ministry of External Affairs were present
  • IPS A+ -  Structured Training Education [STEP] Programme for Children with Autism supported by Tech Mahindra Foundation
  • Capacity Building Training programmes at International, National and District levels
  • Networking with Corporate Partners to support specific activity-based projects
  • 22 young adults with disabilities currently on work experience program


  • Mind-Tree Foundation supported Community Based Rehabilitation Programme
  • Study Centre for PGPD SE-MR for Tamilnadu Open University
  • Construction of First Floor for Vocational Training Centre
  • Insulated Roofing for Vocational Training Centre Floor shop.
  • Book on Universal Design in collaboration with SAMARTHYAM
  • Chairperson, Zonal Coordination Committee –Southern Region II, Rehabilitation Council of India


  • RISE  FROM THE DELUGE - The flooding of our Taramani branch of the school from where the headquarter of SPASTN operates occurred in November and December 2015. Literally floodgates opened the moment front and back compound walls gave away and water stood up to 4.5 feet height. The School looked like a “dhobighat” and a waste-dumping yard with a strong putrid decaying odour and stink. The team spirit of SPASTN staff and teachers were exemplary as they went about cleaning, clearing, restoring, rejecting, and recycling the various equipment and official documents.
  • NIOS student of SPASTN has been honoured by our Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, for his Thirukural Recitation at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi  
  • SPASTN Royapuram started deafblind unit at SPASTN, Oldwashermenpet branch with the support of Sense International India. No. of students enrolled is 27 nos.
  • Regional Learning Centre for Deafblindness

· Weaving Unit started at Vocational Training Centre

· Organised International Workshop on NDT Therapy




  • Renovation of Family Service Centre
  • Student assembly area renovated into a seamless flooring surface.
  • Commencement of Construction of Therapeutic Enrichment Activity Hall – Research and Development.
  • Training Programs in the area of deafblindness
  • RCI recognition for B.Ed received. N.O.C from Government of Tamil Nadu