In May 2001, at the behest of Ministries of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) and Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, the National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) was formed. NAAI was launched basically to organize India’s participation in the 6th Abilympics to be held in New Delhi and in the subsequent international events. The association originated at Amar Jyoti, Charitable Trust in Delhi and has since then expanded to five zones across India. All five zones are associated with local NGOs connected to the disability sector. They work together with the help of NGOs and district administrations to arrange and host regional level Abilympics prior to the national & international competitions to assist in spreading the Abilympics movement around the country.
On December 12, 2016, SARTHAK EDUCATIONAL TRUST, engaged in mainstreaming of Persons with Disability through VOCATIONAL SKILLING AND PLACEMENT since 2008 officially took over National Abilympic Association of India. Sarthak is serving its beneficiary groups through 17 centers throughout India with the support of National Skill Development Corporation, Tech Mahindra Foundation, Capgemini India Private Limited, Microsoft, Hans Foundation, and various other agencies.
This remarkable association between NAAI and Sarthak paves the way for more inclusive approach owing to Sarthak’s Pan-India presence and strong support system of wide group of stakeholders (Government Agencies, Corporate Bodies, Civil Societies, and PWDs).