ADAPT (formerly The Spastics Society of India) is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) that was set up by Dr. Mithu Alur in 1972 a parent of a daughter Malini (Trustee & Acting CEO, Chairperson of ADAPT Rights Group), who was born with cerebral palsy to address the lack of services and overall knowledge about multiple disabilities in general and cerebral palsy in particular.
The overall aim of the organization is to support India's social and economic policy reform within a human rights context. The strategic goals (core objectives) of the organization include:
The Adapts Right Group (ARG), a group of young persons with and without disabilities advocating for the rights of the disabled, lobbied for the introduction of the wheel chair event in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. The growing enthusiasm over the years reflects that disability is no deterrent to spirit and passion.
There are 100 million people without any services in this country. There is undoubtedly a long way to go to ensure that this group of marginalized group becomes a part of us.
The funds raised through the Mumbai Marathon will take forward this mandate of the ARG. Funds raised in the forthcoming year will be specifically utilised for outreach programmes in the communities in urban Mumbai and rural Pelhar.
ARG is also attempting to make Mumbai barrier free not just for disabled people but also for senior citizens, pregnant mothers and temporarily injured people so all can function in a safe and accessible environment. In the last one year, the campaign entitled "Mumbai rising disability access: we the people too." has already reached out to more than 75,000 people.
The fund raised will support this initiative as well.