Association for the Mentally Challenged (AMC) was founded in 1960 by Dr. D. L.N. Murthy Rao. Today, AMC is an NGO that supports over 200 children, adolescents and adults with an aim is to educate, train and rehabilitate mentally challenged individuals and their families.

The Association runs:

  • Akruti, a special school for mentally challenged children between 6 and 16
  • Pragati, a multi-category vocational center for mentally challenged adolescents and adults
  • Sanskriti, a sheltered workshop which offers gainful employment to mentally challenged adults who have acquired vocational skills at Pragati
  • SAMRUDDHI to strengthen and enrich the family life of mentally challenged persons.

The AMC also runs a child guidance clinic which is held three days a week. They address the needs of children undergoing special education, special teachers, vocational trainers and parents of special children.

Snehadhara will work towards empowering the teachers at AMC to use creative interventions to achieve learning/therapeutic outcomes for children with special needs.