Welcome to Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA)
Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) is a premier organisation in the field of disability management focusing on rural areas, located in Ayikudy Village in Tirunelveli District in South Tamil Nadu.
Our approach is to establish a centralised resource center to act as a catalyst for change in the development of children and adults who are differently abled and intellectually challenged. We do this by involving the village community in the process.
Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) established by Mr. Ramakrishnan, in the International year of the Disabled to cater to disability management focusing on rural areas.
Our Founder President Sri.S.Ramakrishnan is being conferred with “Padma Shri 2020” Award, one of the highest civilian awards of our country for Social Work. The Award will be conferred by the Hon’ble President of India at ceremonial function, held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
S. Ramakrishnan, while in his 4th year engineering, injured his spine while attending the last round of Naval officers’ selection test and became a quadriplegic.
He established ASSA in 1981, the year for the Disabled and named it after his Doctor and mentor Air Marshal Dr. Amarjit Singh Chahal of Defence hospital. Padma Shree awardee S.Ramakrishnan is the President of ASSA.
S. Sankara Raman, a Chartered Accountant and a wheel chair user, affected by muscular dystrophy joined ASSA in 1992. He is the Secretary of ASSA.
Together they have built a Valley for the Differently Abled in a 30 acre land at Ayikudy, as a Rehabilitation and Development Centre and developing models for self-help initiatives by integrating individuals with disabilities within society for improved living conditions.
Vision of Amar Seva Sangam
To establish a Valley for the Disabled, whereby persons with physical / intellectual challenges live in a pro-active society where equality prevails irrespective of physical, intellectual or other challenges with the rest of the society. It is a futuristic vision whereby Amar Seva Sangam plays the role of an enabling agent to provide persons with physical / intellectual challenges “equality of status, equality in opportunities and equality in access”. It is a society where people are identified as differently abled.
Institution Based Rehabilitation Activities
1. Home for differently abled poor children with free accommodation, food, clothing, medical care, appliances, and education.
2. Sangamam School, a Day-care Centre for Special children, with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Intellectual Disability, to train them on self-care and hygienic activities and basic literacy. Early intervention programs to enable identify such children at a very young stage and then to rehabilitate them using modern techniques. Their parents are also trained to help the children after discharge.
3. Residential Program for Special Needs Children (RPSNC) who are trained for basic needs for living besides promoting them to educate in regular school after rehabilitation.
4. Training children and adults with intellectual challenges in Vocational training for livelihood income generating skills besides computer education.
5. Caliper making unit to make mobility aids to the needy free of cost and later free maintenance.
6. Medical Testing Unit to evaluate persons with disability, offer physiotherapy services, refer where necessary to specialized hospitals for corrective surgeries.
7. Post-acute care Centre for the Spinal injured offering rehabilitation and medical intervention along with vocational training.
1. Integrated Play, Nursery, Middle and High school where local poor children as well as differently abled children staying at ASSA are provided quality education.
2. Special study Centre of IGNOU and Alagappa University for higher learning to conduct diploma, degree and post graduate courses.
3. Institute to conduct diploma programs in Rehabilitation.
1. Free vocational training for skill development in the areas of Computer operations, Advanced Information Technology, Typewriting, Notebook making, Book binding, Tailoring, Garment making, Handicrafts, Cell phone servicing, Servicing of Home appliances, Gold Appraiser Training, Mushroom Cultivation, Two wheeler mechanism training, and Soft skill training.
Village Based Rehabilitation Activities
- Our activities extend outside our premises at ASSA. Mainly it is in the form of Village Based Rehabilitation Initiatives where we have formed Self-help groups and also established Respite centers in villages for day care of children with physical and intellectual challenged.
- Early Intervention of children less than 6 years is done with service at doorstep of children’s home with a technology based solution using tablets, where Community Rehabilitation Workers (CRW) are able to plan, execute and monitor treatment plans of children progress against goals.
- Village Based Rehabilitation Early Intervention centres are established in eight locations for parents to visit with children for focused rehabilitation and goal based treatment.