Dr Surekha Ramachandran
Down Syndrome Federation of India (DSFI), an organization that offers support to individuals with Down’s Syndrome and their families through various Down’s Syndrome Institutions across India. DSFI is registered with the Office of the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled, Government of Tamil Nadu under Section 52 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.
Established in the year 1984, with 6 children, DSFI today serves innumerable children not only around India, but also the Middle East. Dr. Surekha Ramachandran’s brainchild, DSFI has been a constant source of support and encouragement for people who are unable to come to terms with DS. DSFI has been working for the cause of all those who are affected by Down syndrome – whether it is individuals with DS, parents or siblings. Among the services offered include counseling distraught families, training children to overcome their shortcomings, providing physiotherapy, and speech therapy, and spreading awareness about Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome Association of Tamilnadu (DSAT) has been a forerunner in bringing about thought transformation for people associated with DS. The various therapies –occupational, behavioral, vocational, speech and physio has brought about a remarkable transformation in individuals who now seem more confident. Lot of research programs, awareness and outreach programs, specialized out-patient services, and early intervention programs are also conducted and coordinated.