National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities
The trust was established in the year 2000 under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. It aims to work towards an inclusive society where persons with disabilities (PWD) are enabled and empowered to participate in the social and economic activities around them.
It works towards safeguarding the rights of PWDs, providing support to their families/caregivers and to facilitating the creation of an enabling environment for the PWDs to thrive. It also overlooks as well as helps the registered NGOs working on the field.
There are nodal agencies to report to the Nation Trust in every state and union territory. They, in turn, have district level committees under them to ensure a smoother flow of work.
The National Trust Act deems it necessary for any voluntary organisation working for the welfare of PWDs specifically for in the field of autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities to be registered with the Trust registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860), or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), or as a Public Charitable Trust and under Person With Disability Act, 1995.
Several welfare schemes are run by the Trust as well. They include: