About us
About us

Before a constraint shows up in the world it shows up in the mind and exists in agreements that are formed around those constraints. The fundamental barrier in the disability sector is this agreement that there are only a limited set of possibilities for people of different abilities.


If one looks at the government policies, social behavior, social attitudes of people whether able or differently abled, there is an established norm about what is possible and what is not. The general belief that goes around is if you can survive with a job, even if it is below one’s dignity you are living an exceptional life.


Exploring potential, living joyously, living a life of complete participation is not even a dream for most differently abled people.


Astha aspires to ignite the dreams of the differently abled communities and the world about what is newly possible. This challenge cannot be addressed in the same realm as the problem itself. It requires new thinking, viewing challenges differently and address the anger and the rage against the not so disabled world. We at Astha believe when this discontent is addressed it will remove the barrier and create a space to live a life of complete participation.


Astha is an organization that aims in creating and providing opportunities for interaction between the “able” and the “differently able” worlds. This unique approach enables the participation of both these worlds and enhances their understanding of each other. This approach blurs the boundary between the two worlds to a degree such that engagement between the two is rooted in joy, satisfaction, growth and opportunity.


Astha empowers differently abled individuals by helping them lead a life of their dreams by being the ground under their feet or giving them wings to fly and is a matter of choice for the individual.


Astha’s goal is to deliver on the promise of a shared world by focusing on quality education that enables creating and living lives of their own choice without the concerns of bodily abilities.


Astha undertakes projects to “discover” challenges, “create” solutions and “manage” delivery of these solutions. Currently, Astha’s projects addresses various aspects related to disability, these include leveraging technology to create a database of differently abled individuals all over India, accessibility of public spaces, education and employment, creating awareness about the limitless possibilities for people with different abilities.


Astha is registered Trust vide its registration number BSG-4-00270-2007-08 at the office of the Sub-Registrar, Basavanagudi, Bangalore. Astha is registered under section 12A read with section 12AA(1)(b)(i) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 vide Certificate Number DIT(E)BLR/12A/A-1113/AACTA1072E/ITO(E)-1/Vol 2007-08. Astha is recognised Trust for tax benefit under section 80G (5) (iv) of Indian Income Tax Act, 1961 vide Income Tax department certificate Number DIT(E)BLR/12A/A-1113/AACTA1072E/ITO(E)-1/Vol 2007-08 for all the assessment years 2013-2014 onwards.

Vision

Each differently abled individual in India lives a life, with education and employment of their choice and a life of complete participation.


Mission

Astha’s mission is to conduct innovative research, advocacy and capacity building projects that will unfold a new realm of possibility where every disabled person is empowered with the experience of “ Anything is possible!”


Current Projects
  • Empowering to participate in the Democratic Process of their Country

    We believe that people with different abilities have as much responsibility to their lives and society as anyone else and hence it becomes imperative for them to actively participate in the political affairs of our Country. ASTHA works on creating an environment of free and active participation in elections by people with differently abilities. Projects in this domain include projects on awareness; voter’s registration processes and campaigns and voting facilities; working with Authorities to make the required and suitable amendments in the rules and procedures, conducting research to enable framing of objective, effective and practical policies and laws.

  • EMPOWERING ABILITIES THROUGH SPORTS

    ASTHA is conceptualising and initiating building of an "ACADEMY FOR EXCELLENCE AND RESEARCH IN SPORTS FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED" in or around Bengaluru to produce world class athletes and sports person from the differently-abled community to participate in the Olympics at Japan in 2020 and win gold medals for our Country. Intention of this Academy would be to ongoingly provide facilities and training and coaching for para-athelets to achive excellence in their sports and create innovative Sports Programs to enable and empower differently abled to discover their natural human facaulties/abilities

    We have begun research and we are exploring the possibilities of integrated sports. The context of this idea of having integrated sports is that, that unless people with and without bodily disabilities come together for a Common Purpose, we as humanity will keep dealing with the issues of disabilities for many more years to come and not much difference would be made in the way the people with bodily disabilities perceive themselves others or others perception of them. The coming together for a Common Purpose is the opportunity to disappear the differences; when a team has Common Purpose the team is required to know about each member and operate as one; it is required that each other understand the mutual challenges and individual strengths. It is in this process that the people in team start relating to one another and they start empowering and supporting each other to perform as one team. There are no better avenues than sports to bring these worlds together for Common Purpose and allow them to engage in way that they discover each other and route their future associations to be of joy, satisfaction, opportunities, growth and contribution.

  • EMPOWERING AND ENABLING DIFFERENTLY ABLED TO TAKE ON PROFESSOIONAL COURSES

    As we are engaging in the two projects of Voting and Sports what we see happening is, people  with different abilities will now have a natural desire to pursue main stream profession such a Medicine, Engineering, Chartered Accountancy, Law, Journalism, Teaching, Sports, Performing Arts etc., rather than just focusing on rehabilitation trainings or vocational training to earn their livelihood. We are creating awareness and resources to enable minimum 25 differently abled to complete professional education of their choice and passion in next four to five years. The objective is to empower people with different abilities to live a life of complete participation and contribution.

  • OTHER PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES

    ASTHA from time to time engages in other activities / projects that are of main concern and interest to the community of differently abled people

    1. We are working on making railway travel more accessible 

    2. We are working on including a chapter on bodily disabilities at School Curicullum to create awareness and sentivity to this aspect in the socieyt

    3. Along with various NGOs we are working on creating a reliable Database of people with different abilities with an intention to facilitate better policy making , project creation and optimising the resources.

Latest Events
  • Jugalbandi

    We at Astha believe that a human being's ability to express the self is unique and has no relation to one's bodily ability, society or religion one is born into or for that matter any other human made factors. Human beings have a choice in...

  • HELPLINE FOR VOTE

    ASTHA OPENS HELPLINE FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED FOR THEM TO GET TO VOTE Differently abled can now reach out to ASTHA for any assistance regarding their voters ID Card or any logistical help on the day of election. THE HELP LINE NUMBER IS 99004...

  • Astha partners with Uber Bangalore

    Astha partners with Uber Bangalore to support senior citizens and differently abled to go to polling both. FREE travel to and from polling booths in Bangalore for senior citizen and differently abled on 17th April. Family members can...

  • JAGALBANDI 1

      On 1st December 2012, Jugalbandi 1 was organised at Mount Carmel College Auditorium, Bengaluru. More than 20 differently abled artists participated in various forms of performing arts like Music, Dance, Singing and Painting. People with...

  • Jugalbandi 2

    Jugalbandi 2 was very unique event in which people with different abilities demonstrated their true spirits life and undounted ability to be happy and spread happiness. This event was conducted on 1st Dec 2013 at Gandhi Nehru Auditorium of National...

  • Jugalbandi Sports

    To mark World Disability Day for 2014 ASTHA created a unique format for Sports in which people with and without disability come together and play Sports. The details of these events are featured in an Article By Sportskeeda.com Long-term...

  • Jugalbandi 3

    JUGALBANDI 3 Was celebrated on 20th Dec 2014 to mark the World Disability Day of 2014. This was ASTHA's 3rd Annual Event.  This event was conducted in KASSIA Auditorium, at Vijayanagar Bengaluru   In the morning with the help of team from...

  • 2015 Jugalbandi Chess at Bengaluru

          ASTHA continues to create opportunities for Differently Abled and the others to interact with each other, discover each other’s world and to understand each other from new perspectives and common interests and mutual...

  • JUGALBANDI DRUM CIRCLE

    1st Nov, 2015, Sunday, Bangalore: National College, Basvangudi was filled with high energy thanks to the drumming session.  As with all the events that Astha has organized till date, this event too was organized in the form for a jugalbandi...

  • Experience the Joy of Swimming

    IN WATER, THERE IS WHOLE NEW PHYSICS An introductory 10-Day *FREE* Swimming camp for people with all types of disabilities was organized in collaboration with "One Step At A Time" and in association with "The Karnataka...

  • International Debut of Vishwas

    K.S Vishwas is a true demonstraton of courage and determinatoion. Its been three years that he has been working hard to make it big in the Paraswimming. At the age of 10 he lost both his hands by accidently falling on live electric wires....

  • Accessible Swimming Pool

    On the first look of Pooja Aquatic Center any person with physical disability will get discouraged for the fact that more than 30 steps needs to compromised to access the pool. Sunil Jain, Founder of ASTHA ventured into discovering various ways to...

  • DAAN UTSAV - News Paper Collection Drive

    Lets Create NEWS!!! by giving Your News Paper! I am sure you have played Sports at some time in your life. And probably you are still playing and practicing some Sport. You have experienced the power and the benefits of Sports. Do you know there...

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  • TABEBUIA OPEN, For Wheelchair Tennis

    Introduction For the first time in India an AITA ranked wheelchair tennis tournament was conducted from Dec 2nd to Dec 4th at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) in Bangalore. The Tabebuia Open Tournament was conducted by ASTHA under...

  • Marina Open 2017

      Marina Open - 2017 - AITA Ranked Tournament for Wheelchair Tennis With Marina Open IWTT brought AITA ranked Wheelchair Tennis to Chennai. The matches were played at SDAT Stadium, Nungambakkam 30 men and 6 women players participated in this...

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