SPARC India is a Registered Society (1169/1-117386, 1996) and is also registered with the Department of Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh (1141/2020-21 dated 20-08-2020). SPARC India is registered under 80G of Income Tax Act of Govt. of India and has a verified FCRA Account. We are registered with National Trust (USPA16513938795 dated 03/06/2016) and also proud to be a part of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) CSR Hub.
School for Potential Advancement and Restoration of Confidence or SPARC India, as it is more popularly called, was established in 1996 inspired by self-disability, to provide rehabilitation services to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and their families. Dr. Amitabh Mehrotra (Founder Chairperson and Director of SPARC India), despite having cerebral palsy, has undertaken several initiatives to serve persons with disabilities.
SPARC India established a special school – Jyoti Kiran School for Cerebral Palsied children in the year 2003 at Lucknow. It was started with seed money support from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Presently, there are 55 students in Jyoti Kiran School. These children suffer from cerebral palsy and other forms of disability such as hearing impairment, speech impairment, vision impairment and mental retardation.
SPARC India commenced its flagship program in 1997 in the urban slums of the Lucknow region. After the successful execution of the CBR program in urban slums, SPARC India expanded upon the scope of the project by pursuing its rehabilitation projects in the rural areas of the Barabanki district.
Skill Development and Placement (SDP) Program was started as a collaborative effort of DFID and SPARC India in 2010. This is a 3-month residential training program in which we train youths with disabilities for various BPO, Retail, and Data Entry positions in the corporate.
The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme is an initiative of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) aimed at reducing the gap in wellbeing status between socially excluded groups in India and the rest of the population.
Our Child Sponsorship Program was initiated to support the education and therapeutic intervention for children with disabilities (CwDs) from marginalized communities. There are about 70 children who have received the above-mentioned facilities through SLF.
To ensure that PwDs have better skills and livelihood options so that they can live their life with dignity and confidence, SPARC-India decided to take up the issue and address the job security of the challenged. Thus SPARC India set up a unit named “Vocational & Placement center”, a cell for the placement of PwDs in the year 2005.
The goal of the project is “To prepare Governmental primary schools& other formal schools to accept diverse educational needs of Children with disabilities (CwDs) and increase enrolment rate and learning level of CwDs and reduce the dropout rate by ensuring accessible and modified teaching and learning methods (TLMs) to deliver quality education. The intervention is proposed initially in 3 districts (Lucknow, Barabanki, and Sitapur with 12 govt. primary schools) for the first phase.