"Theeram" focuses on young adults with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities in Kerala, India. "Theeram" now has regional centres at ten different parts of Kerala. "Theeram" centres are functioning under India Centre for Social Change(ICSC), a trust registered under the Trust Act of the State of Kerala. "Theerams" prime goal is to help the social process of empowering the mentally challenged.
It is estimated that in India there are about 90 million people who are categorized as "Disabled", out of which 31.5 million people are considered those with mental challenges. Despite the fact that 2.5 to 3 percent of the Indian population constituted the disabled, it was only in June, 2000 that the Government of India officially announced that disability be included in Census 2001. People with disabilities in India are forced to live in isolation and receive little support except those provided by parents and relatives who themselves struggle to make both ends meet. People with intellectual challenges are, perhaps, the worst affected, with the onus of care on the family rather than the community. It is where the ICSC comes in.