Tamana (NGO)

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TypeSpecial School
Special Education
Area served
Key people
Shayama Chona
Tamana Chona

Tamana is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in early March 1984 in India,[1] comprising three special education centers, a training cell and a research center to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.[2] The organization's work is recognized by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Department of Social Welfare; Govt. of NCT Delhi, Rehabilitation Council of India[3] and is registered with the National Trust. Tamana also has a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council[4] since 2005.

The organization Founder Dr. Shayama Chona was awarded the Padmashree, a Padmabhushan and two national awards for her contribution in the disability sector, in India.[5][6]

Aim and vision[edit]

Tamana offers an individual educational program for every student, aimed at social and economic independence, which incorporates special education, a regular academic program through the NIOS, therapeutic interventions and vocational training. Each Centre of Tamana offers speech, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, life skills training, computer education, music and dance, weight management and physical fitness, sports and extracurricular activities, counseling, behaviour modification, diagnostics and assessment facilities, and family counseling.[7]

Under the cherished dream of seeing each child become an independent adult, the aims of the organization include: [1]

• Providing therapy and counseling to children and their families.

• Maintaining a motivated, dedicated and quality conscious team of professionals.

• Contributing to the training and development of manpower in the field of special education.

• Providing legal advocacy services.

• Introducing relevant technology to enhance the effectiveness of special education.

• Conducting research in key areas of special education and training.

• Creating and enhancing greater public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with special needs.

• Networking with organizations worldwide.

Special Schools[edit]

Tamana Special School[edit]

The first branch of Tamana, the Tamana Special School, was inaugurated by the late Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales, on 12 February 1992 and the foundation stone was laid by the then High Commissioner of Britain, Sir David Goodall.[8] The Special School caters to the individual needs of 115 children coming from all strata of the society, ranging in age from 4 to 17. This school focuses on overall development of the child, depending on needs as well as potential. Functional academics are imparted with parallel intervention with allied therapies depending on the needs of the child. The regular school curriculum is a vital reference point for students who have potential to be included in a regular classroom or join the open school program.[9]

Nai Disha Vocational Center[edit]

With the realization that the young adults at Tamana have to be equipped with skills to adapt appropriately to the needs of adulthood and thereby function as an independent whole, physically and emotionally, Nai Disha was conceived. The program aims to create an infrastructure which ensures a smooth graduation from school to the outside world, for the young adult and the family. It also aims to ensure training and placements of young adults in various vocations and organizations.[10][11]

Major skills targeted include:[12]

  • Textiles printing
  • Office skill management
  • Paper bag and envelope making
  • Paper recycling
  • Clay modeling
  • Baking
  • File making
  • Candle making
  • Basic home management skills of cooking and baking
  • computer skills training
  • Stationery production - making greeting cards, envelopes, writing pads, file folders
  • Gardening
  • Beauty culture
  • Tailoring

Tamana School of Hope[edit]

Tamana was the first institution in India to recognize autism as a disability distinct from others and to start programs for autistic spectrum disorder in 1985. The Autism Center - School of Hope is India's first rehabilitation and research center for autistic individuals, providing holistic services under one roof – a special school, sensory integration clinic, early intervention center, diagnostic center, research cell and outreach cell.[13] [14] His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, inaugurated the School of Hope, a full-fledged school dedicated to children with autism, on 19 August 2003.[15]

The highlights of the program offered are:

  • A life centered approach to curriculum planning to meet the needs of child and family
  • Approaches on which intervention for the autistic is based are TEACCH and ABA (with small groups of students)
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Computers with latest software are regularly used for overall development of the students
  • Music and dance therapy
  • Yoga and sports
  • The students are taught to make beds, arrange clothes in cupboards, personal grooming, washing clothes, cooking
  • Vocational training for youth above 16 years of age, including jewelry design, greeting card making and gardening

Teacher Training Cell[edit]

Tamana has been recognized as a special study center by the Rehabilitation Council of India[16][17] and IGNOU[18][19] since 1994. The courses offered are:

  • Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Special Education
  • Post Graduate Professional certificate in Special Education
  • B.Ed. in Special Education
  • D.Ed. SE Diploma in Education Special Education (ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders)


Tamana, in collaboration with Deakin University, Australia, launched TOBY (Therapy Outcomes by You) Playpad Laboratory on 5 July 2013 at its Autism Center, School of Hope.[20][21][22] TOBY is an iPad-based, therapist-and-parent application for early intervention therapy with children with autism.[23]

In association with Deakin University, Australia for TOBY, Tamana won the Victorian International Education Award for Excellence in International Education – Research Engagement in 2013.[24]


Tamana organizes annual fashion shows as part of its fundraising. Leading fashion designers of the country have participated in the show, including Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ritu Kumar, Suneet Varma, Mira and Muzzaffar Ali, J.J. Vallaya, Satya Paul, Abhishek Gupta and Nandita Basu, Namrata Joshipura, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna.[25][26][27] Students from the Tamana Special Schools walk the ramp hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder with the professional models.[28] [29] The objective of the event is to create and ensure public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with special needs.[30][31][32]

Tamana organizes its annual winter carnival for showcasing the products developed by the students with special needs and for providing a platform to market them.[33][34] The aim of the event is to create awareness about the disabled and to promote their social integration.[12][35][36]

Honours, awards and recognition[edit]

  • Tamana was given the National Award for Best Institution for Child Welfare by Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The award was presented by Hon'ble Minister for Women and Child Development Mrs Krishna Tirath on 23 January in her office at Shastri Bhawan.
  • The first Mother Teresa Award (Nov. 1997) was presented to Tamana Special School for its dedicated services to the mentally impaired.
  • Dr. Shyama Chona, President of Tamana, received the National Award for the Welfare Of People With Disabilities for the year 1997. It was an appreciation of years of struggle in the field of disability at a personal and institutional level for her.
  • NGO in Special Consultative Status with United Nations' Economic and Social Council, 2005.
  • National Award for Best Institution for Child Welfare 2006 from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
  • Award for the Most Innovative Project Implementation in 2007 presented at the round table organised on Global Partnerships In Poverty Eradication and Health Care, organised as part of annual ministerial review innovation fair (Asia) - an initiative of NGO DESA - United Nations Economic and Social Council and Mumbai Educational Trust.


  1. ^ "Tamanna Winter Carnival 2010". Meri News. August 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Tamanna Winter Carnival 2010". The Times of India. December 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Training Institutes approved by RCI" (PDF). Rehabilitation Council of India. August 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Tamanna Winter Carnival 2010" (PDF). United Nations Economic and Social Council. September 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Shayama Chona Former DPS Principal". www.engineeringwatch.in. January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Official website
  8. ^ "Times of India - high commissioner chairperson residence". The Times of India. 30 December 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Tamana- Official Website". Organization. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Tamana Association launches Nai Disha - a unique 'group home-living' concept". India Today. July 1998. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  11. ^ Tamana Official Website
  12. ^ a b "Tamana Winter Carnival 2013 | Elan Magazine". elanmag.in. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014.
  13. ^ Raising Barriers - Hindu
  14. ^ Tamana School of Hope transforming lives
  15. ^ Tamana School of Hope
  16. ^ Rehabilitation Council of India Special Study Centers
  17. ^ Rehabilitation Council of India Special Study Centers
  18. ^ IGNOU Special Study Centers
  19. ^ "Tamana :: A non profit NGO for multiply challenged and autistic individuals".
  20. ^ Launch of TOBY Playpad
  21. ^ TOBY Playpad Deakin Research
  22. ^ New iPad application to help autistic children
  23. ^ TOBY Playpad
  24. ^ "Tamana Association Won the Victorian Award with Deakin University" (PDF). Victoria Official Government Gateway. November 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  25. ^ tamanna ramp walk traditional fashion show westin hotel ntv
  26. ^ tamana winter carnival 2013
  27. ^ "Fashion Design Council of India ( FDCI )". www.fdci.org. Archived from the original on 3 November 2010.
  28. ^ Designers share the ramp with special kids
  29. ^ Tamanna Ramp Walk Westin Hotel
  30. ^ "Tamana :: A non profit NGO for multiply challenged and autistic individuals".
  31. ^ For tamanna fashion a part fashion apart
  32. ^ Tamana winter carnival 2013
  33. ^ tamana winter carnival 2013
  34. ^ chappals british high commissioner
  35. ^ tamana winter carnival-2013
  36. ^ "Sindura Dar during a winter carnival, hosted by NGO Tamana at the British High Commissioners residence in Delhi".

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