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Disability takes many forms. Physical disability is the commonest, and also sometimes the most frustrating. For, entrapped within a body that does not respond to it, is a mind that is pulsating with emotions, thirsting for knowledge and yearning for recognition. Dr.Sunder realized very early that a large population of disabled people lived outside the ambit of During his post graduation he participated in camps organized by the Government Institute at Kodaikanal, Alwarthirunagari and Tiruchendur. He started visiting the Spastics Society of India from 1991, and was helped in this effort by the Shriram Group. He was honorary consultant to SSI till 1998, when he felt that he could be more useful to society if he were independent, and not underutilized.

He founded the Freedom trust in 1997 with his uncle Mr.T.S.Subramaniam who has been the joint trustee of the Trust for all these years. Dr.Sunder decided to conduct camps in rural areas. His first camp for assessment, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and prescription of locomotor aids like crutches, or calipers was at Kelambakkam. He ensures that every handicapped person who attends to his camps is individually assessed by him. There are occasions when he goes without food through the day, when the numbers are many. " conducting these camps' is like a yagna for me" he says.

  • Under the SISHUPUNARJANMAM project, Dr. Sunder has been instrumental in nurturing the talents of exceptionally talented special children in the fields of music & drawing through training & scholarships. Five of such children from the Trust have bagged the prestigious Most Creative Individual National Award from the President of India.
  • As an extension of the above project, DARSHAN Art Gallery & DARSHAN Orchestra have been launched
  • In recognition of his services to the physically challenged community both the State & the Central Governments have honored him with the Best Doctor award.
  • He won the President’s Award for service to the disabled on World Disabled Day 2008 at New Delhi.
  • He is a State awardee for Best Doctor in the year 2007 given by the Chief Minister on behalf of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment on Independence Day.
  • He has the unique distinction of bagging the prestigious Vocational Excellence Award for social service from two Rotary clubs - the Rotary Club Chennai Mambalam and Rotary Club of Madras Chennapatna.
  • Recognitions have also come from the Kanchi Mutt in the form of the Jan Seva Award & from CIOSA – Dr. Sanjivi Award.
  • He is also the recipient of the Kumararajah Sri. M.A.M. Muthiah Chettiar award for social service.
  • In 2017 on World Disability day he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Chief Secretary Health at the Government Institute of Rehabilitation medicine Chennai
  • he has been given the Renny Abraham TANKER AWARD FOR SOCIAL SERVICE.
  • He is the recipient of the Lifetime achievement award from the Lions International in 2018
  • He was presented the Americares certificate of merit in recognition of outstanding contribution to health care.
  • Dr. Sunder has lent his expertise to several organizations like Spastics society of India, Spastics Society of Tamilnadu, Madhuram Narayanan Center and Maithri and associated himself with different organizations for their medical camps.
  • An Appliance bank has been launched wherein unused appliances like wheel chairs or walkers are collected from the public and are given free to those who are in need.
  • Dr. Sunder has founded and established Inpatient Rehabilitation Centers in collaboration with the Andhra Mahila sabha, the Lions club, the Voluntary health services hospital, the Santhosh hospitals and the Global hospitals
  • The Freedom Trust has trained special children to make ocular prosthesis (artificial eyes) in a unique project .
  • During the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Gujarat, Dr. Sunder lent his professional services to the Kutch Nava Nirman Abhyan dedicated to the rehabilitation of the quake victims in Gujarat. He was also instrumental in establishing a holistic rehabilitation center in Kutch.