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Who We Are

Families that have children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are often confronted with the question: ‘What after us?’. In recognition of the real time anxieties arising in thousands of homes across the country, India Autism Center was founded in 2019 as a Section 8 Company with operations in Kolkata. As a non-profit organisation, the aim is to work towards the empowerment of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder.

India Autism Center is currently being designed to be a larger-than-life solution to ensure a paradigm shift in the way with neurodiverse people are looked at and cared for. Consequently, a culture will set in where autism awareness is built in a wider spectrum of society, and individuals can confidently live up to their fullest potential.

This will help derive data and insights from lived examples that will immensely help in building a global knowledge base for best practices in Autism and other related conditions.

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There are three verticals that cater to these aims of the India Autism Center.

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Residential Campus (this is an upcoming facility at Sirakol near Kolkata)
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Training Academy to develop a strong, committed and caring professional network to work with individuals
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Digital Platform where parents are able to consult with qualified professionals from different areas of disability support


Our Vision is to create a world class ecosystem that provides holistic care, and enables the neurodiverse community to be self-reliant.

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Our Mission

India Autism Center aims to be a leading global player in disability support services in the following ways:

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To design a residential center that proactively responds to the needs of the neurodiverse community.
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To build a sensitive eco-system which ensures safety and promotes sustainable living.
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To provide evidence-based support.
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To promote research about autism and other allied conditions.
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To provide quality training and equip professionals to develop a deeper understanding of autism.
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To attain global outreach through digital means.

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Our Story

India Autism Center is a culmination of a dream that has been long in the making. The founder and Managing Trustee of India Autism Center, Mr. Suresh Somani, is a parent to a person with a neuro-developmental disability. The many challenges that both he and his wife faced while bringing up their son solidified their resolve to do better by children like theirs. In 2008, Mrs. Namita Somani, wife of Mr. Suresh Somani founded the Amrit Somani Memorial Center. ASMC, as we call it, has been providing dedicated, one is to one, intervention to individuals with Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions for over 15 years and has touched the lives of over 100 individuals. But the pressing needs of the community far outweighed what ASMC could alone address. The most pressing of all the needs was the need for an answer to the question, ‘What after us?’ India Autism Center owes its genesis to this very question and has grown into an answer that addresses it and much more. It aspires to create an entire eco system where care will be readily available and accessible.

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Our Policies

We believe that the devil lies in details. To this end we have drafted comprehensive policies for every aspect of our services. All our policies are publicly available for those who are interested in knowing about our decision-making ethos and our governance.


Puja Marwaha

Chief Executive

Puja believes that children are the very foundation of every nation’s growth and development aspirations. It was this belief that fuelled her passion for children’s rights and inspired her to become a full fledged part of the social sector in 1994. A post-graduate in Human Resources from XISS Ranchi, Puja has worked with Citicorp in her previous avatar and joined IAC to set up the HR function. She went on to become the Chief Executive in 2010 and, over the past 25 years, has helped build a solid organizational framework for IAC which reflects the values of justice and equity for all children. Awarded the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize in 2018 for social innovation, she currently also serves on the board for VANI (Voluntary Action Network India) in an endeavor to strengthen public mobilization for social causes.

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