Our Story

About the Society

The Spastics Society of Tamilnadu [SPASTN] was started by a group of philanthropists in 1981, the International Year for the Disabled. Initiated by Ms. Shanthi Sadiq Ali, wife of the then Governor of Tamilnadu, the purpose of  SPASTN was to have a special school for children with Cerebral Palsy. It was first located in a room, provided by Mrs. Nandita Krishnan, at the C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer Foundation. 

Ms. Sarah Chanda was the first secretary of SPASTN and was closely involved in its administration for over a decade. She was instrumental in getting the 5-acre plot of land allotted in Taramani. Since 1989, SPASTN has been operating across Old Washermanpet, Ayanavaram and Taramani (Headquarters).

Today SPASTN has grown into a centre for excellence empowering persons with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Disabilities, Intellectual Impairment, Autism and Deafblindness. SPASTN’s programs and services enable persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and lead a life of dignity. 

At the core of everything that SPASTN undertakes, is the passionate belief in the dignity of human life. It is for these underpinning values, SPASTN champions the rights of disabled persons, the right to life, to information, education, health, employment, social security and recreation leading to full participation. And we do so through centre-based and community-based rehabilitation intervention.



Old Washermanpet


– CSIR Road, Chennai-600113 Situated in the south part of Chennai, the Taramani Centre is located just opposite the Technical Teacher Training Institute and surrounded by various IT Parks like Ascendas, TIDEL, TRIL etc. The Taramani Centre is spread over 5 acres of land and provides the following services:
  • Early Intervention 
  • Special Education 
  • Therapy Intervention
  • Secondary and Senior Secondary and State Board 
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Vocational Skills Training 
  • Orthotic & Special furniture Workshop
  • Family Services Centre
  • Teacher Training Program 
Number of students served: 350

Central Chennai – 1800 sq.ft.

The location is in Villivakkam in a quite neighbourhood and near the bus stand.  Villivakkam Centre helps families to access the services provided at the Centre. The Centre provides the entire continuum of services such as

  • Early Intervention Services
  • Special Education
  • Therapy Interventions – Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy, Integrated Support Services

The Centre operate out of a rented building.

Number of students served:121

North Chennai – Deafblind Service Centre- 2800 square feet rental building

The Centre is located near the fishing coastline and around the factories and small-scale foundries. The centre reaches and provides services to children from socially and economically impoverished families in and around North Chennai. The Centre is near the Institute of Child Health and Stanley Medical College and children get referred from these hospitals. 

The Centre operates out of a rented building spread over two floors. 

The Centre provides the entire continuum of –

  • Early Intervention Services, 
  • Special Education, 
  • Therapy interventions – Physiotherapy, Speech therapy and Sensory Integration therapy, 
  • Integrated support services and 
  • Pre-vocational program. 
Number of students served:113

Mission / Vision




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