Ramakrishnan, rendered quadriplegic at age 21, after a fatal accident, decided that he would NOT let his life go wasted and to do everything possible to help the disabled children in his village. Supported by his family & friends, he Started ASSA in 1981, the year of the Disabled. He started with 5 disabled, neglected children. He started teaching them and provided them with food & shelter. He realized that Education and Knowledge are the only keys to solve the problems of the disabled . From 1981-91, the organization had a gradual and steady growth under his tender loving care. His service has been recognized world-wide. Some of his accolades include the award from the President of India, "Man of the year" honor from the Week magazine etc. to name a few.
Sec Sir PhotoSankara Raman, confined to wheel chair from childhood with Muscular dystrophy, is a brilliant Charted Accountant who had a flourishing practice by age 25. As a devout social reformer, having faced & successfully overcome several challenges, decided to join with Mr. Ramakrishnan to make a dream come true. Giving up his practice, he joined ASSA in 1991, only to revolutionize the whole rural community. His astute management skills, keen insight to tackle challenges, exceptional PR ability and inexorable drive to achieve the goal has seen ASSA grow multi- fold in just 6 years. Now ASSA is a Million dollar exemplary project, accomplished in all areas of Rural Rehabilitation, well on its way to realize, the Dream. Sankara Raman has been conferred with many awards and tiles including Ratna Shiromani award from New Delhi, India.