‘Action for Self Reliance and Alternatives’ (ASRA) came into existence on 12th August 1992 when a group of like minded people came together with a common objective of serving the cause of persons with disabilities (PwDs) living in the slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi. The group comprises of Academicians, Doctors, Researchers, Planners and Rehabilitation Professionals. It is registered as a Trust and functions as a non-profit voluntary organisation, with Ms. Vandna Mishra being its Founder and Managing Trustee.
ASRA promotes the concept of comprehensive rehabilitation using both ‘Institution based Rehabilitation’ (IBR) through its Head Quarter located at Uttam Nagar, New Delhi and ‘Community based Rehabilitation’ (CBR) in its adopted slums and resettlement areas of Delhi.
The permanent building of ASRA Head Quarter was inaugurated in 2007 and is called ASRA Rehabilitation and Training Centre (ARTC). The ARTC also houses ASRA Intervention, Recreation and Therapy Centre (AIRTC) inaugurated in the year 2018.
ASRA Intervention, Recreation and Therapy Centre (AIRTC) for children with special needs located at its Headquarter ARTC started in 2018 and aims to impact the lives of children with intellectual disabilities and development delays upto the age of 12 years by offering a comprehensive rehabilitation package to them.