A Brief History
The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu was started in 1981 by a group of philanthropists, led by Ms. Shanthi Siddiq, Ms. Nandita Krishnan and Ms. Sarah Chanda, who believed in the dignity of human life. What started as a one-room special school for children with cerebral palsy in CP Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation is today a full-fledged society operating from a 5-acre campus in Taramani.
Thirty years later, SPASTN continues to be at the forefront of empowering individuals with cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities, intellectual impairment, autism, and deafblindness. As a centre of excellence, our work is also to create awareness and empathy in the general public about the needs of disabled persons and to educate family members.
Our society has spread its wings across three centres, and we remain champions of the rights of the disabled, leading them to a life of dignity through rehabilitation and timely intervention.
To Build a Better World for Tomorrow, Today.
To facilitate an inclusive world with respect to diversity and human rights, where persons with disabilities are empowered to lead a life of dignity.
To be an indispensable resource that helps the disabled overcome their problems, equip them with skills and enhance the quality of their and their families lives by; providing specialized services; advocacy to the community to co-create accessible environments and; delivering high quality, services and support in rehabilitation management.
Respect | Compassion | Integrity | Teamwork | Quality & Excellence
Our core values are represented in our logo, the two interlinked hands, embodying the synergistic linkages and cooperation between persons with disabilities, their families and the community, taking everyone towards our vision of an inclusive society.
The Board of Trustees
Three Centres and Counting
Our aim is to continually increase our reach and be more effective as an organization. As of 2022, we have grown and expanded to three centres located strategically in and around Chennai. Each of these centres offers services for the disabled from early intervention, special education, therapy, schooling, vocational training and more. Our Community Rehabilitation model works in remote locations in Tiruvallur district where we work closely with Primary Health Centres, General hospitals and social service organizations where we offer all services to rural audiences.
A five-acre campus that is also our headquarters.
Number of Students served: 350
A spacious 2,600 sq. ft centre serving Central Chennai residents.
Number of students served: 121
SPASTN Old Washermanpet
This is our deafblind service centre located in a 2800 sqft space in North Chennai. It also offers the entire continuum of services for the disabled.
Number of students served: 113
What’s happening at SPASTN
We conduct events, workshops and webinars centered around the topic of disability. Here’s what is happening at SPASTN.
Story Telling Training
Story Telling Training conducted by Kathalaya International Academy, Bengaluru on 10th and 11th March 2022. Limited number of participants, register at
Teacher Training on Music as Therapy for children with special needs in March 2022. Register at-----
One-day sensitization training held on RPWD Act at District Early Intervention Centre, Thiruvallur on 26th February 2020 with participation from 60 members.