The Foundation for Spastic and Mentally Handicapped Persons (FSMHP) and its primary project: UDAAN for the Disabled, was started by a simple but very brave and determined housewife, Mrs. Shubhra Mukherjee, wife of a successful medical practitioner of Delhi, India: Dr. Arun Mukherjee, MBBS, MD (Medicine). This was her way of thanking society for the love, appreciation and benefits that society had showered on us.
The term, UDAAN means flight in Hindi, the National Language of India. It was chosen as our primary name because of our registered logo (top right) which shows a differently abled person getting up from the wheel chair, running and flying away like a free bird. Since we are dealing with various Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (medical terms), hence the primary name was firther qualfied as UDAAN for the Disabled or FSMHP-UDAAN.
As time went on, UDAAN grew from strength to strength, gaining National and International recognition, as a brief glance on our Biodata or CV shows:
1992: UDAAN Started
1994: Registered as Non-Profit Trust Foundation
Income Tax exemption under Section 80G of the IT Act obtained
2000: Recognised by Govt. of India as an Education and Training Center for severely MH Children
2001: Indian Pioneer of Pediatric Hyperbaric Oxygen Theray for hypoxic brain injury in chlidren
2003: Invitee speaker at the 3rd Internation Symposium on the use of HBOT in Brain Damaged Children.
2003-2006: Double Blind Randomized Clinical Trial on use of Brahmi (Centenella asiatica) in CP for Cognitive improvement in CP children, for Min. of Health, Dept of Unani Council, Govt. of India,
2006: FCRA clearence from Govt. of India, to receive contributions and sponsorships in Foreign Currency
2006: Started soft chamber low pressure ambient air Hyperbaric Therapy for first time in India
2007: NR2CON Organized: an international conference for Neural Repair and Neuro Rehabilitation, attended by 600+ delegates and the who's who of
Neuro-Rehabilitation in India and 7 Internation leaders in this field.
2010: Hyperbaric Doctor of the year 2010 Award at the 7th Internat. Symp. on HBOT and the Healing Brain: at Irvine, California, USA.
2012: Healthcare Excellence Award from Times ResearchMedia
2013: Spirit of Humanities Award best Indian NGO in the Field of Neurology awarded by AmeriCares Foundation (americares.org)
2014: The Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, the foremost journal on HBOT, in its March 2014 issue, published our platform-independent paper on use of HBOT in using standard Rehab alone or supplemented by HBOT at 1.3 ATA with ambient air, or 1.5 or 1,75 ATA using 100% oxygen, supported by a lengthy editorial.
We have just concluded basic scientific protocol estabishment studies on the role of rTMS in CP, under a Govt. of India sponsored project.
We are now studying compiter-assisted Neurofeedback under EEG monitoring, Regenerative Medical Therapies, Biomedical Interventions in specific Neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Our Presentations made at many National (e.g. Goa, Allahabad, Lucknow, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Delhi, etc.) and International (e.g. USA, Bali) Conferences and Workshops.