Historical Development of Services

The movement for the rights of persons with cerebral palsy in India began in Mumbai with the inception of Spastics Society of India (SSI). The latter provided initial guidance and impetus to the inception of WBSS. Gradually, a core group of professionals were included who played critical roles in enabling its growth and development from a special school to a national resource centre for cerebral palsy.

  • 1974 - School Services
  • 1975 - Therapy and Social Services
  • 1976 - Family Services
  • 1981 - Start of Affiliate Network and Community Based Services
  • 1981 - Collaboration with Jadavpur University for Training (Certificate, Diploma, PG Diploma and Degree Courses for training of professionals, community workers, personnel and parents)
  • 1992 - Vocational Training Centre
  • 2000 - Residential and Respite Services
  • 2005 - National Resource Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

[For further information kindly refer to: Sen, R., Goldbart, J and Kaul, S. (2008). ‘Growth of an NGO: The Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy from 1974-2006’ in Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. Vol. 5 no. 2, pp105-111 ]