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The Vidya Sagar Family

Vidya Sagar formerly The Spastics Society of India is an NGO based out of Chennai, Tamil Nadu that works with persons with disabilities for the past 38 years.We provide quality education and support services for students with disabilities, empowering them to reach their full potential. Our team of experienced staff work together to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students. We believe in inclusive education and strive to create a community that is accepting and supportive of all individuals.

Meet The Teams

A picture of Poonam Natarajan Founder and Director of Vidya Sagar

Ms. Poonam Natarajan

Founder & Board Member 

Founded Vidya Sagar in 1985, 1998- 2006 - Director of Vidya Sagar 2006 – 2014: Chairperson, National Trust for Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. Recipient of 14 awards, including the UNESCAP Disability Champion award and NCPEDP Hellen Keller Award.

A picture of Ms Dwaraka Pandurangi board member

Ms. Dwaraka Pandurangi


31 years of fundraising as a volunteer for VIDYA SAGAR. Has participated 6 times in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 6Km run and has been the highest pledge-raiser each time. In 2015, got a special award for raising the highest amount in the history of the event.


A picture of Mr Thiruvenkatam Parthasarathy board member

Mr. Thiruvengadam Parthasarathy


40 years of professional experience in management consulting as senior director from Deloitte India. Works with us on all aspects of HR and operations including performance management, compensation, capacity building.


A picture of Mr. Shankaran Nair, our chairperson

Mr. Shankaran Nair


Forty plus years of experience in the corporate world, cross functional, cross domain, global exposure. Engaged with Vidya Sagar for twenty plus years. Started working with fathers of children with disability. Works closely with the Director on all aspects from Vision to operations.


A picture of Ms Rajul Padmanabhan board member

Ms. Rajul Padmanabahan


35 years of experience in working with the disability sector in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. 2 year research study for an associateshsip from London University. Director of Vidya Sagar from 2006-2018.


A picture of Ms Sudha Ramamoorthy board member

Ms. Sudha Ramamoorthy


Member of DRA - Disability Rights Alliance , has worked with Vidya Sagar in the field for 28 years, Prinicipal of Day centre Vidya Sagar - from 2003-2011.


A picture of our secretary Mr Ganapthi

Mr. S Ganapathi


Finance professional with 30 years of experience in Business Strategies, Corporate Restructuring, M&A, Financial Controls, Governance, MIS, Budgets, General Management, P&L responsibility, Treasury, Financial Audits. Business Turn around strategies.


A picture of Asha Palani Kumar board member

Ms. Asha Palani Kumar


48 years of Experience in working in the field of multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, speech and language disorders, autism. Consultant and trainer with the

following organisations: Vidya Sagar, Chennai; Umang, Jaipur; Muskan, Mumbai, SEC (Society for the Education of Special children).


A picture of Mr.Satish Kumar on a wheelchair on the Marina Beach

Mr Satish Kumar


An alumni of Vidya Sagar and a person with disability , working in Union Bank of India for last 10 years. He is a youtuber and passionate about access for all and loves travelling and theatre enthusiast. Member of Disability Rights Alliance(DRA)

A picture of Mr Jehan Dorab Madan board member

Mr. Jehan Dorab Madan


Person with disability. Race car driver paralyzed by an accident. He subsequently reinvented himself as a national para table-tennis champion who travels the world independently. Advocate for disability issues, member of DRA, and a role model for all people with disability.

A picture of Mr Syed Irshad Quadri board member

Mr. Syed Irshad Quadri


Thirty plus years in industry spanning multiple domains. Led multinational corporations in the South Asia region. Technology evangelist. Involved in education for high school students for over a decade. Works with us on improving our adoption of technology to improve functional efficiency.


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