About Us

Disability is a functional limitation within the individual caused by physical, mental or sensory impairment; whereas, handicap means the loss or limitation of opportunities to participate in the community on an equal level with others due to physical or social barriers. As per the Census of India 2001, 2.13 percent (2,19,06,769) of the total population in India is disabled. In Maharashtra, 1.62 percent (15,69,582) of the total population is disabled. Given the magnitude of problem, and the fact that they have been neglected in most public and private spheres of society, there is an urgent need to address the concerns of the disabled persons in the country.

The Apang Utkarsh Seva Sanstha, Navi Mumbai is established at Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, on 3rd December, 2005 is a duly-registered public trust. The aim of the Sanstha is to work towards the socio-economic welfare of the disabled persons in Maharashtra. It is a platform for understanding the issues pertaining to the disabled in detail, sharing common concerns, solving problems and increasing awareness of rights and policies, and a unique opportunity towards uniting persons with disabilities.

The association has accomplished remarkable landmark activities within a short span of three years. Communications and advocacy with Indian Railways, MSRDC, MMRDA and City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO) authorities in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, have been one of the significant achievements. An important milestone for the association has been, requested to review the implementing status of reservation policy in housing schemes prepared for the persons with disabilities, submitted personally to the Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri. S.C. Jamir.