SAMADHAN conducts periodic surveys to identify children with intellectualdisability, public awarenesscampaigns through health camps, puppetshows andstreetplays.

On 12.09.2017, SAMADHAN conducted a health camp at SAMADHAN Centre in Dwarka, which catered to 35 children with intellectual disabilities, along with their parents from, in & around Dwarka, in the age group of 0-15 years.

Multidisciplinary professionals consisting of a Pediatrician, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist and Special educator provided assessment services, therapeutic intervention to the intellectually disabled children during this camp. Counselling services on obtaining disability certificate & Legal guardianship was also provided to all the parents who attended the camp. Being a registered organisation and a member of Local Level Committee, New Delhi District, of National Trust,statutory body of Government of India, SAMADHAN will assist parents to fill in online applications for Legal Guardianship and Nirmaya schemes of National Trust.

SAMADHAN collaborated with Edgeware Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a company working with documentation of medical records (for more info -  which helped to streamline the documentation process by customizing a software VistA- Edge for this Health camp. The staff of Edgeware and some volunteers were involved in entering the data of the registration and assessment reports in the software.

Registration &entering of data of Medical assessment report by staff of Edgeware Technologies & volunteers

Team SAMADHAN would like to appreciate the staff of Edgeware, volunteers and the professionals for giving their time and support to reach out to children with intellectual disabilities.

Assessment by Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist & Special Educator

All are welcome to attend

The 23rd ASIAN FEDERATION ON INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (AFID) Conference, to be held from November 18-24, 2017 at International Convention City Basundhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Theme: Acceptance, Accessibility, Inclusion – A key towards Sustainable development.

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Samadhan is a full member representing India at the Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. At a Conference -- "Hope for the Retarded in Asia" - held from 19-22 November 1973 in Manila, Philippines, under the auspices of UNESCO, the 420 delegates from 21 countries present unanimously recommended for the establishment of the Asian Federation for the Mentally Retarded (AFMR). Thus the Federation was inaugurated.

Since then an Asian Conference on Mental Retardation (ACMR) had been held once every two years in each of the full member countries, as given in Conferences section. At the 18th ACMR held in Taipei, the name of the Federation was officially changed to the ASIAN FEDERATION ON INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (AFID), and the Conference henceforth will be known as the AFID Conference. AFID Secretariat is managed by the Korean Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (KAIDD).

Exhibition of Paintings by Intellectually Disabled Persons
India International Centre, New Delhi, India on 18thDecember 2017

Art Exhibition Rules


  1. The exhibition is open to persons with intellectual disabilities from All over India.
  2. There is no entry fee.
  3. A person can submit a maximum of two entries
  4. Each entry should be certified, by the principal/in-charge of the institute/organization artist is associated with or parent/guardian, as the original, unaided work of the artist. Entries should be an individual effort and not a combined work. Please complete and submit the form below along with the painting.


All entries must reach SAMADHAN, Centre for Human Resources, Sector 2, Pocket 2, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075, by 15th October 2017.  Please factor in mailing time when sending your painting.
Theme, Medium & Size

  1. The theme of the painting should be either ‘MY WORLD’ or ‘MY FAMILY’.
  2. Any medium can be used. Example: crayons, oils, acrylics, water colours etc. Computer printouts/lino¬cuts/batiks will NOT be accepted.
  3. The painting should be on paper and NOT canvas. Any kind of paper can be used but it must be a strong one. For example: chart paper, cartridge paper etc
  4. The size should not be less than 30cm x 40cm
  5. Each entry should carry the following information in English (Block Letters) or Hindi, at the back of the painting: • Name in Full (First name, Last Name) • Gender • Date of Birth • Category of Disability • Nationality • Theme of the painting

Packing & Mailing

  1. The painting should NOTbe mounted/framed.
  2. Please DO NOT FOLD the painting while packing.Please make sure that the packing is strong enough to withstand possible rough handling in the post
  3. All packets should be pre-paid/adequately stamped and mailed directly to reach:  SAMADHAN, Centre for Human Resources Sector 2, Pocket 2, Dwarka,New Delhi – 110075.
  4. Entries sent by cargo/parcel will not be accepted.

Prizes & Certificates

  1. The entries will be judged by the organizers with the help of a jury. The judges’ decision will be final.
  2. The three best paintings will be selected for an award.
  3. Artists, whose paintings are selected and displayed, will be awarded Special Recognition certificates.

Please note: No entry will be returned. The copyright of all entries will rest with SAMADHAN.

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Expressive Art Therapy workshop was conducted for the children of Special Education Unit at SAMADHAN, Dakshinpuri Centre on 12th July 2017 by Atreyu Samuel Balasundaram  along with Ms. Aparna Samuel Balasundaram. Atreyu is a science student of grade 12th and Volunteer at SAMADHAN. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pramila Balasundaram (Founder of SAMADHAN). Atreyu with his interaction from early years with SAMADHAN, has developed a keen personal and professional interest in the Special Needs/Intellectual Disability space and a mission is to learn, grow and work in this field, from a neuroscience perspective.  

Ms. Aparna Samuel Balasundaram is a Psychotherapist and Chief Service Officer, Light house organisation, New Delhi.

Art therapy has been used as an effective therapeutic tool with special need children. Expressing through art, involves different motor, somatosensory, visual, emotional, and cognitive aspects of information processing with the activation of the corresponding neurophysiological processes and brain structures.[Lusebrink,,2004]. Using art allows for an alternate means of communication and self-expression and also provides us with another avenue into the inner world, emotions, thought patterns and workings of a special needs person that might be inhibited in the ways they can assimilate, share and communicate.

The session was on ART and my FEELINGS. It focussed on - “what makes me angry and what makes me happy”.  The resource persons used visual aids (on the computer) to show the children faces that depicted anger and happiness. Then asked them about what made them feel angry/happy. With the help of the teachers, the resource persons attempted to communicate with the children.With the use of visual aids and demonstrating [role modelling] of facial expression, the children drew on the paper using colours of their choice. It has been observed that three of the children could comprehend and express through art in the workshop. The children had great fun with colours and enjoyed the session.

21st International Conference of Asian Federation for Intellectually Disabled (AFID) from 7th to 11th October 2013 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

ALL persons with intellectual disability, parents , teachers and activists are invited to write in and appraise oneself of this exciting event, which will provide opportunities for  every one involved with intellectual disability in any way.  To become a part of this conference, send us your agency name, contact person's name, email address and  telephone.  We will be in touch with you.