India’s first special school for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities was started by ADAPT (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India), in Colaba, Mumbai,with the help of Mrs. Indira Gandhi and the incumbent Maharashtra Chief Minister, Shri Vasantrao Naik. The first Patron was Mrs. Nargis Dutt, after her death Shri. Sunil Dutt, Honourable MP took up the mantle.

Dr. Mithu Alur, a special educationist with qualifications from the University of London was the school’s first professional and pioneered the model of special education combined with regular education, with just 3 children.


To ensure that children with multiple disability are provided education
To introduce a new model of treatment that looks after the holistic development of the child, combining education, treatment and socio- economic development.
To develop an assessment and early intervention procedure for at-risk children
To develop inter-disciplinary rapport
To develop home management techniques, to empower and train parents to implement effective programmes at home.
To ensure that children are prepared for regular schools as in inclusive schools
To prepare for mainstreaming into society and community
To move to skills development preparing for inclusive employment

Understanding how critical the first 5 years are in the cognitive, social and emotional development of a child, and also the special needs of children with cerebral palsy, the school was supported by a team of specialized professionals, including special educationists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, psychologists and social workers, along with eminent medical professionals.

Today, ADAPT’S educational centres in Colaba and Bandra stand out as unique models, offering education for all students, with or without disability.

With Individualized Education Programmes, specialized physical aids and assistance in the classroom, innovative teaching aids and the unqualified care of teachers and parents, every child is encouraged to reach his or her full potential. Along with the regular S.S.C. and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) syllabi, the Centres offer the entire spectrum of extra-curricular activities: sports, art, drama, yoga and music. Exhibitions, annual days, inter-school activities and field trips help the children develop self-esteem and confidence. ADAPT’S focus today is on inclusive education – promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream schools, and encouraging ADAPT’S students to excel in public examinations, along with students from regular schools.

From struggling with learning disabilities to earning Ph.D. and M.B.A. degrees, our students’ achievements are a lesson in themselves.