The All Kerala Association for the Mentally Retarded is a Voluntary Organization Registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, 1955, registration ER-411/1980 has been serving the cause of the mentally retarded, through various programs, promoting their normalization and rehabilitation. All these programs aim at the development and growth of the Special Individual, are implemented by the Central Institute on Mental Retardation (C.I.M.R.) which is sponsored by the Parent-Association, and serves as the latters executive establishment. CIMR is the executive wing of AKAMR. The aim of the association is to do all kinds for help for the mentally challenged children and benefit them in all the ways possible.
CIMR is a national level NGO in India, founded in 1980 by Rev.Fr.Thomas Felix CMI for education, training, development and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged. It works closely with the families of the mentally challenged, professionals working in this particular field, and various governmental agencies. Through its dedicated and committed service for the ‘poorest of the poor’, it has earned itself an international reputation and is today a National Resource Center. Drawing from its vast experience and research-oriented knowledge base, CIMR is an established organization par-excellence in the area of human development with special reference to the mentally challenged. CIMR is an answer to the call of life — each and every human being by his or her very existence has a right to live. Unfortunately, the mentally challenged have been traditionally relegated towards the darker corners of human mind and society. CIMR and its various activities have delivered many mentally challenged persons from the bonds of misery and darkness; and thrust them into the sunshine of the Almighty as well as normal human endeavors.
The Center has a wide range of musical instruments, ample learning space, and a well-equipped auditorium. Professional music teachers put in their hearts and souls into developing hidden talents.