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Spastics Society celebrates 24th anniversary

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, FEB.4. The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu (SPASTN) celebrated its 24th anniversary today with various programmes.

"SPASTN Day" took place at the main office of the organisation, where it runs a school. SPASTN works to improve all aspects of life for children with multiple disabilities, helping them integrate into society, and sensitising it to their needs.

The Consul General of Japan, Ryuzo Kikuchi, and his wife, Miyako, toured the facility on the occasion.

The Japanese Government has a close working relationship with SPASTN and donated the school buildings and all the equipment in each room.

The guests were impressed by the joy of the children. Mr. Kikuchi felt that "the children are really getting a lot of support and guidance."

Later, at a function, the Secretary for the Department of Social Welfare, L.N. Vijayragavam, complimented the staff, executive committee members, the founding members of the organisation, Muthiah and Meyappan, and its president, Indra Dutt.

He praised the organisation for improving its facilities and programmes, and for its close working relationship with the State Government.

The guests were treated to an inspiring dance performance by the children from SPASTN's school. A fund-raising recipe book, created completely by the parents, staff and children from all departments of SPASTN, was launched.

It was printed in-house, using a press that is part of the job-training programme.

Annie Shyam, director of SPASTN, said the event was a great success because it helped people learn about the organisation's work, and the issues of people with disabilities in India. "Our vision is the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the mainstream of society," she said.

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