Association for the Mentally Challenged (AMC) was founded in 1960 by Dr. D. L.N. Murthy Rao. Today, AMC is an NGO that supports over 200 children, adolescents and adults. AMC's aim is to educate, train and rehabilitate mentally challenged individuals and their families
The Association runs Akruti, a special school for mentally challenged children between 6 and 16. Besides classroom instruction, the school's activities include painting, craft and dance.
The AMC also runs Pragati, a multi-category vocational center for mentally challenged adolescents and adults. In addition, the Association runs Sanskriti, a sheltered workshop which offers gainful employment to mentally challenged adults who have acquired vocational skills at Pragati.
The AMC also runs a child guidance clinic which is held three days a week. A team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers provide comprehensive assessment and guidance. They address the needs of children undergoing special education, special teachers, vocational trainers and parents of special children.
AMC participates in various National and International level competitions and have secured a number of prizes in these competitions.
AMC is a member of Federation for the Welfare of the Mentally Retarded (India), The National Trust and Pariwar. With the continued co-operation from the Central and State Government, Social Welfare Board and general public, AMC is expanding its services to serve more and more mentally challenged persons and their families.