IRIS was founded on 15th August 1998. IRIS is a private resource center dedicated to promoting the cause of autism and related disabilities in India.
Our motto is “Every child counts”.
Our mission statement is “Excellence, Ethics and Empowerment”.
Excellence – is created by providing quality child centered services to the client. IRIS has a lifelong commitment to the child with autism and her/his family.
Ethics – is translated through accountability and transparency in all dealings, and training a team of like minded people/professionals.
Empowerment – By creating parity in a professional relationship, so that a truly empowered team works together. This objective is achieved by conducting training programmes.
IRIS provides consultancy services to organizations working with special needs populations and individuals with special needs. Assessments are generally homebased. A support net work is created for the client through active community based programmes.
IRIS propagates inclusive and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for the child with autism. This can happen only when both regular and special teachers know to maximize the learning potential of the child.
IRIS is registered as a Charitable Trust. Registration Number 509/IV/2005 by the Sub Registrar, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India.
- Dr. Greg Valcante (Special Education) Director Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D), Florida
- Ms. Sharda Ramlackhan Bhatia at EARS, parent and Auditory Integration Training (AIT) technician at Lowell, MA
- Mythily Chari, the founder and Director of IRIS, is a special educator with a M.Ed., Ed. S from the University of Florida. She has worked with various NGO’s for the past decade in leadership positions. She has pioneered many autism specific programmes in India. The education specialist degree was awarded to her for her work on Autism and communication disorders.Certification in related areas
TEACCH Univ. of N.Carolina 1997, Kansas Strategic Intervention model
(SIM) Univ. of Florida, Clinical Educator Training
Mythily is a member of the expert committee ( Mental Retardation) of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), and a life member of the Indian Association for Family Therapy (IAFT).