Action For Autism National Centre
Advocacy, Research, Rehabilitation and Training
The foundation stone of the AFA National Centre for Advocacy, Research and Training was laid on July 9, 2004 by the Hon. Smt. Sheila Dixit, Chief Minister of NCT Delhi. The dedication of the National Centre took place on 8 September, 2006, with Ms. Sonia Gandhi presiding. This National Centre was sorely needed to allow AFA to expand the scope and extent of its services and provide dedicated services in rehabilitation, research and training.
For years, Action For Autism operated from a small, inadequate, rented building in South Delhi. Paradoxically, AFA’s success in identifying more children with ASD and creating wider awareness amongst families and professionals meant that AFA had an increasing need and demand for its services and support. This placed an overwhelming strain on AFA’s facilities. With the National Centre, we have been able to greatly expand the scope and breadth of services provided.
The activities and services part of the National Centre include all those previously offered, as well as the expansion of some of our most popular programs and the incorporation of new services. Meanwhile, AFA continues raising funds to support its ongoing projects particularly the Open Door School. AFA beneficiaries come from all income strata, and the organisation subsidises services for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. AFA receives limited state support and therefore relies on regular donations from its supporters and well-wishers for our day-to-day programme and activity costs. AFA also organizes regular fundraising events towards building a corpus that will support our activities in the future.
Our centre is located over four floors on a 1400 square metre plot at Jasola (close to the Apollo Hospital), New Delhi. We ask you to share our vision by sponsoring bricks at Rs. 100 a piece. While our building is complete, we offer you the opportunity to symbolically be a part of our centre. Buy one…buy one hundred– the choice is yours. Together, brick-by-brick, we can change the face of autism in India.
All contributions qualify for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G