Society of Parents of Children with Autistic Disorders

Our Mission

Empowering 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.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are severely incapacitating, life-long disabilities that affect the way in which an individual communicates…

Autism interventions

There is a range of interventions available for autism today. Many of them have been effective for all children with autism while some have insufficient empirical evidence about their long term benefits…

LLC, Mumbai Suburban

The National Trust is an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, set up under the “National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism…

Our Projects

SANKET – ICT Training Program

Electronic media is primarily visual in nature. Information is transacted visually, and with little or no face to face interaction with people. As ICT jobs require visual thinking, specific training in this area may lead suitable employment in future.


Samarpan was established in February 2003 by SOPAN(The Society of Parents of Children with Autistic Disorders). SOPAN Trust was started in 2002, by a group of parents who have children with autism. In 2002, there were no services for children with autism. These children could not get admission even in special schools. 

NMVS (Divyangjan)

Centre for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) is SOPAN’s collaborative project with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). It was started with a mission of educating and training children and adolescents with disabilities, from amongst the


Spandan, a community-based project provides early intervention services to children with autism and associated developmental disabilities under the age of six years. Spandan is SOPAN’s initiative to meet the intervention and  

Shanay Autism Resource Centre

Shanay is conceived out of the felt needs of persons with autism, their parents and families, and the need for dissemination of information for enhancing rehabilitation practices.  


Saksham is a workshop which provides employment for adults with autism and related disabilities. The Workshop began in December 2022 at Goregaon East. The young adults enrolled at the workshop are trained in a particular skill based on their skills and abilities.