CST’s journey began in a train. Mrs.Prema Joseph was travelling to Chennai one day in 1996. A chance meeting with a child and his family proved to be the moment of genesis. The child and his family were going to Chennai for the monthly visit to a school for special children for that month's worth of home-management instruction. The child had cerebral palsy. There were no schools in Coimbatore at that time to serve children with cerebral palsy with a multi modal approach. This also got her thinking of the children from BPL category and below middle income sector and their lack of access to a special school with all therapy interventions under one roof.
Thus, in 1998, CST was registered as a charitable trust with seven likeminded people who believed and backed Mrs. Prema’s vision for people with special needs. Ashirwad special school was the first program under the trust banner. The school began in YWCA, Coimbatore with ten children. Now, the day school centre is located in R.S. Puram, Coimbatore. CST now offers early intervention services, home-management services, community based rehabilitation, vocational training, family counseling, medical intervention and residential skill training is also available. CST in its journey has evolved into serving people with disability from 0- 40 years. The trust has touched the lives of more than 1000 people with special needs since the year of existence.
Programs under the Coimbatore Spastic Trust banner
Founder trustees – Mrs and Mr Vijayakumar Joseph.
Mrs. Prema V Joseph has a master's Degree in social work along with extensive experience in medical social work.
Mr. Vijayakumar Joseph has a law degree and a Master's Degree in Social Work. He also has extensive experience both in Corporate Human Resources and Social Work.
Mrs and Dr. Jothikaran
Mrs. Jothikaran has a Master's Degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Education. She has worked as a teacher for many years.
Dr. Jothikaran has a Doctorate in Physical Education, served as HOD in Allagappa University. He is actively involved in Special Olympics.
Mr.Surya Narayanan is the Managing Director and a filmmaker for Carpenter Films & S Studios (Post Production Studio). His passion is to make Films and Social Work.
Mr. Sanjeev Stanley
Mr. Sanjeev Stanley is a person who is midly intellectually challanged. He has completed a vocational training course with Karnataka Spastic Society. He is currently employed with the Fisherman Trust an Organization into out bound training and experiential learning. He presents the community of PWD on the board as we want it to be inclusive.
Ms.Priya Vijayakumar has a Master's Degree in Psychology and work experience in both Corporate Sector and Social Development Sector.