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Tamahar, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Ms. Vaishali Pai, is dedicated to supporting children facing developmental delays due to brain damage, including conditions like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Rare diseases, and Genetic disorders. As one of the best NGOs working for childhood disability in India, our holistic developmental intervention approach encompasses Core intervention, Functional Education, Pre-vocational training, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Music Therapy, Yoga, Arts, Dance, and Sports.

As a top developmental disabilities organization offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to the unique needs of each child from birth onwards, we are recognized as an NGO for the mentally challenged in Bangalore, specializing in providing transformative interventions to enhance the lives of children facing developmental challenges.

In addition to our core services, we extend support to families through mental health services designed to help them cope with stress. We also offer skill development programs for mothers, empowering them with profitable skills. Tamahar is proud to be among the distinguished organizations for developmentally disabled individuals, and we stand out as a trusted autism school in Bangalore near you.

Discover the transformative impact of our holistic interventions at Tamahar, where we are committed to fostering the growth and development of children with special needs and providing invaluable support to their families.


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To enable children with brain damage and their families to live a happy, healthy, and dignified life in an inclusive society through rehabilitation services, capacity building, community engagement, and advocacy

Prevention & Alleviation of developmental disability in children with brain damage

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Opportunity : Opportunity to a person to grow as an individual and develop own personality
Unique : Acknowledging the uniqueness of each person
Inclusion: Including individuals from all walks of life.
Empowerment : Empowering individuals to make the best of their situation and achieve their goals despite challenges
Empathy : Understanding and supporting individuals through their life situations


To help each child with brain damage reach developmental potential and learn/ acquire  academic and social skills …

  1. By using standardized tools to determine the developmental age of children with brain damage and assess the intervention outcomes
  2. By using standardized tools to determine the intervention needs of the child 
  3. By Early Intervention services  
  4. By functional academic program for children
  5. By Recreational activity programs
  6. By Auxiliary therapy services
  7. By pre-vocational training program for adolescents and young adults (OUT OF SCOPE)
  8. By sheltered workshop program for adults with severe impairment (OUT OF SCOPE)

To engage in capacity development

  1. By skilling the parents on holistic development of their children
  2. By offering professional development programs (OUT OF SCOPE)

To create a conducive environment for the families of the children with special needs

  1. By facilitating support group programs
  2. By setting up respite care facility
  3. By providing disability support services
  4. By assessing non-vocalized needs and pre-empting issues by conducting home visits to study/observe the home environment, family dynamics and support structure (OUT OF SCOPE)

To advocate and raise awareness about children with special needs and their families in the community

  1. By networking and collaborating with like-minded organizations 
  2. By organizing awareness events for parents and community and using publications and social media
  3. By Advocating for policy interventions

Our History

Our Way Of Success

To enable children with brain damage and their families to live a happy, healthy and dignified life in an inclusive society through rehabilitation services, capacity building, community engagement and advocacy.


We started a new center in Chikkabidarakallu after identifying a need for special needs centers in suburban Bangalore. We started offering services only to a few children at a time maintaining social distancing while conducting online intervention for the rest.


2020 was a tough year for everyone around the world. Even during uncertain times we did not cease our operations as intervention for children cannot stop. Instead we reached out to children using all the tools at our disposal – video/audio calls, apps. We started with simple art and music classes and slowly transitioned our 5 major programs online.


WE TURN 10 THIS YEAR! We now have 12 programs and are looking to expand our budget to 1 crore! This milestone year is one of reflection and strengthening ourselves before we go to the next level, through extensive retrospective and active research & organizational as well as employee capacity building.


Big year! Our budget increases to 70 Lacs and our team to 38! Extensive work on services for parents/families and on research and development. Started skill development classes for mothers and hobby classes for children! We became partners with Global Giving and got our very own website donation portal as well! Father Support Group starts again with 20 fathers signing up – bigger and stronger than before!.


Royal Challengers Virat Kohli, ABD and Shane come to Tamahar! Nursery program starts! 29 employees, a budget of 45 Lacs! Tamahar starts training other NGOs across Karnataka in Early Intervention. Tamahar gets certified by Social Audit Network India as well as Credibility Alliance. Won the N S Hema award for outstanding NGO in Karnataka disability sector. We got our FCRA certification.


A mixed bag of a year – 9 programs, 30 employees, Budget of nearly 38 Lacs! Park visits for children started at Gayatri Devi Park for children with special needs. Prevocational program and Sheltered workshop program started. Fathers support group went into a hiatus for the lack of participation. Both rural branches of Tamahar close down due to funding issues.


Pali operations scale up! The second branch started in rural Karnataka and 2 more new programs, Recreation for children and fathers support group,were started at Malleshwaram centre. 63 volunteers and interns joined Tamahar this year for various projects. Our team grew to have 26 employees and and annual budget of 29 Lacs!


Tamahar opens a new branch in rural Rajasthan! The Malleshwaram centre grew too big for one place! We split the operations into two and moved to two new premises!.


Canara Union starts regular badminton coaching for the kids! Our relationship with CSR starts with the TCS 27th 10k run and the India Inclusion Summit.

Auxiliary Therapy program starts with Yoga, Music and Art.


Second program, Functional Academics starts with 5 children. We successfully experimented with sports for children and started summer camps for them. The mothers support group came into being and we went from 2 rooms to 4!


The one-one-one program grew to include 15 children


Tamahar is born in a 2 room house, starting Early Intervention services for just 4 children, Vaishali Pai and Tripti B G as sole employees and an annual budget of less than 3 lakhs.


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Vaishali Pai Occupational Therapist (OT)

Vaishali, an Occupational Therapist (OT) with a distinguished career spanning three decades, holds the esteemed title of a Gold medallist in both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Her extensive expertise has been honed through collaborations with renowned institutions like the Spastics Society of India, Mallya Hospital, Vydehi Institute of Rehabilitation, and Align Centre.

As a certified Early Interventionist, Vaishali demonstrates remarkable proficiency in caring for infants and newborns, showcasing her abilities in diverse situations and facilities. Her specialized focus includes Paediatric Rehabilitation and Sports Rehabilitation, employing a diverse set of techniques such as Occupational Therapy methodologies, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Pranic Healing.

Vaishali stands out among the founders of some of the best organizations for developmentally disabled individuals. Utilizing her certification as an NLP practitioner to master methodologies crucial for remedial teaching, her expertise extends to children facing learning challenges and those on the Autism spectrum, as well as those dealing with hyperactivity or attention deficit issues.

Looking towards the future, Vaishali plans to incorporate the lesser-known technique of EMG Biofeedback. This innovative approach holds promise in aiding both children and adults dealing with physical dysfunction resulting from brain damage. Vaishali’s dedication and diverse skill set underscore her role as a key figure in schools for autism in Bangalore and developmental disabilities organizations.

Our Management Team

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Tripti.B.G (COO)
Sree.R.Rao (H R Manager (Honorary))

Our Trustees

Senior Consultant
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