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Amar Seva Sangam

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Amar Seva Sangam
MottoLive To Serve
Formation1981; 43 years ago (1981)
FounderS. Ramakrishnan

Amar Seva Sangam is an Indian registered charitable organization that aims to rehabilitate and uplift those with mental and physical disabilities. [1] [2] Established by S. Ramakrishnan in 1981, Amar Seva Sangam is situated at the foothills of a small mountain range, at the outskirts of Ayikudi, in the state of Tamil Nadu.[1]


In 1992, Sankara Raman, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, joined ASSA and helped it grow under his leadership.[3][4] In 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, S. Ramakrishnan, a tetraplegic man, founded Amar Seva Sangam as a charitable organization that offered shelter to individuals with physical disability. [2][5] According to its website, Amar Seva Sangam was founded to create a “Valley for the Differently Abled”.[1]

In 1992, Sankara Raman C.A, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, joined ASSA.[4]Sankara Raman initially began to associate with Amar Seva Sangam to setting up an accounting system and help them in resource mobilization.

According to a 2016 study, there are over 12 million children with disabilities in India.[6] Amar Seva Sangam now addresses both physical and mental disability though not only the expansion of its initial programs, but also advocacy and policy reform. [7] Amar Seva Sangam has grown to occupy a 33-acre campus and now serves more than 16,000 people in over 900 nearby villages. [8][9]

In 2020, S. Ramakrishnan, the founder of Amar Seva Sangam, won the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.[10][11]

Current Initiatives[edit]

Institution Based Rehabilitation[edit]

The Institution Based Rehabilitation Program encompasses a number of initiatives that are situated on the campus. [8]

Early Intervention Centre[edit]

Due to research indicating that the first 5 years of a child's life are crucial for development [12], Amar Seva Sangam established the Early Intervention Centre. The Early Intervention Program found here aims to provide physiotherapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy to children under 6 years old.[13] So far, the program has screened over 50,000 children and over 1252 children have been treated using this program. [14] After this program, if a child is well prepared to integrate with other children, they are shifted to the primary school where they are integrated with students without disabilities. Otherwise, they are shifted to Sangamam, Amar Seva Sangam's school for special children aged 6-16.[13]

S. Sankara Raman has stated that Tamil Nadu may implement a State-level early intervention program.[14]

Vocational Training[edit]

Tailoring Vocational Training

To help those at Amar Seva Sangam become self-reliant, individuals are trained in a number of vocations befitting their physical and mental capabilities, such as tailoring, typewriting, and gold appraising.[15]


The Amar Seva Sangam campus is home to Sivasaraswathy Vidhyalaya, a higher secondary school for both physically challenged children and normal children in the local impoverished area. It was started as a primary school in June 1981, and was upgraded to a middle school in 1991. In 2009, it was upgraded to a high school. Currently, 749 students are enrolled.[16]

Village Based Rehabilitation[edit]

People in a Local Village that participates in Village Based Rehabilitation

Under the Village Based Rehabilitation Program, Amar Seva Sangam aids more than 16,000 people in the surrounding villages. Amar Seva Sangam works with stakeholders and ensures that communities are involved in the rehabilitation process. People are grouped into self help groups and have access to different government schemes.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Official website of Amar Seva Sangam". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Raja, Vidya (December 7, 2018). "Handicapped For Life, This Unsung Hero Created a 'Valley For the Disabled' in Tamil Nadu!". The Better India. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  3. "Amar Seva Sangam | Handi-Care Intl". Handi-care Intl. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Basu, Soma (2012-04-19). "THE REAL HERO". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  5. "Amarseva :: About Us/history". Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  6. "Governor offers funds to build compound wall". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2020-02-15. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  7. "Accessibility for disabled people still a long way off - Padma Shri S Ramakrishnan to NewzHook". Newz Hook - Changing Attitudes towards Disability. 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Amar Seva Sangam Annual Report 2017 - 2018 (PDF) (Report). 2018. p. 6. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  9. "Padmashri for S Ramakrishnan, the man who helps hundreds of people with disabilities in TN". The News Minute. Retrieved 2020-06-04. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Padma Shri awardees felicitated at MSSRF". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2020-03-17. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  11. Mar 16, TNN | Updated; 2020; Ist, 20:39. "Padma awardees felicitated in Chennai | Chennai News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  12. "Facts for Life - Child Development and Early Learning". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Amarseva :: Early Intervention Program". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "TN to implement early intervention programme for disabled children". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  15. "Amarseva :: About Us/training". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  16. "Amarseva :: Sivasaraswathy Vidhyalaya Higher Secondary School | Blog". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  17. "Amar Seva Sangam". Retrieved 2020-06-04.

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