Our Mission

Empowerment persons with autism and developmental disabilities, and their families.

SOPAN (Society of Parents of Children with Autistic Disorders) is a registered NGO working for autism and related developmental disabilities. It began in 2002 as an initiative of a group of parents whose children with autism needed education and training. Prior to 2002, provision of services for children with autism was at a nascent stage. Dr. Rubina Lal, a professional and a parent, helped a social service group to start a unit for autism. The work done at this unit resulted in Dr. Lal and a few other parents to come together and start SOPAN.

The last decade has seen SOPAN grow into an organization that is nationally recognized for quality and range of its services.

What's New

  • a. International Autism Conference – Feb. 22-24 2018
  • b. Certificate Course in Shadow Teaching will commence in July 2018.
  • c. 3 month Short term course in autism will commence in July 2018.
  • d. The Common Entrance Test (CET 2016) for admission to the B.Ed. Special Education (ASD) will be held in June 2018. Visit www.dhepune.gov.in for more information for CET 2018.
  • e. Annual Sports Day – December 17, 2017
  • e. Blue Rose (Annual Day) March 2018

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