A World Full of Challenges

Children are the innocent future of every society. Countries around the world subscribe to their preeminent right to be nurtured and to be happy. And yet, in our 70-year-old India, one group – children with intellectual and developmental challenges (CwC)- find their needs unattended and their future uncertain. Intellectual and developmental challenges include conditions such […]

The Patang Project reveals how much still needs to be done for children with challenges

 November 6, 2017 | Unnati Bose   Despite the evolution of public health in India, the discourse around disability leaves much to be desired. General awareness about intellectual and learning disorders remains mediocre, although we see some positive steps in the past few years with initiatives such as the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. […]

From the Heart!

 July 5, 2017 | Teesha Chugh & Anisha Shekhar   Segmentation and hierarchies in our society have existed from time immemorial. The prime cause of segmentation in Indian society dates back to ancient times when the varna system stratified our society. The ideology of segregating people from one another slowly spread its tentacles to several other fields and […]

Why Avoiding Early Diagnosis Of Autism Is Unfair To Our Children

 June 2, 2017 | By Darby Herkert   If you knew that parents and doctors were postponing treatment that could minimise the difficulties associated with an often life-long challenge, how would you feel? Unhappily, this is currently the case with autism in India. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects social interaction and communication skills. It […]

Can Technology Redefine Disability?

 February 7, 2017 | By Myriam Telford     India is undergoing a technology boom: media, politicians, corporates – and everyone in between – love to throw around terms such as ‘Smart India’ and ‘Digital India’. But can this new India be truly inclusive? Is there space for persons with various challenges, be they physical […]

For Women With Disabilities, It Is A Life Of Double Disadvantage

 November 8, 2016 | By Namrata Caleb   In a largely patriarchal society like India’s, women face a significant disadvantage when it comes to accessing educational, health and job opportunities. According to the 2011 Census, while male literacy stands at 82%, female literacy stands at an abysmal 65%. Gender discrimination at birth in India has led to […]

Who Says Being Different Is A Bad Thing? Learn Something From Sandy!

 July 1, 2016 | Bipasha Ghosh   A few years ago, our family shifted to a new house. Our neighbours, Mr and Mrs Francis, were expecting a baby. The excited parents were painting the house a neutral yellow to make space for either a boy or a girl child. They were always over at our […]

What Is ‘Disability’? These 4 Brilliant Achievers Will Change The Way You Think About It

 May 6, 2016 | By Priyanka Sharma   Imagine a child with a thousand dreams who is not able to express them. Now, imagine that child doggedly embarks on a journey to achieve those dreams, when thousands have already declared it hopeless. A common enough story, familiar to anyone who has friends who struggle with challenges […]

Why I Worry About The Possibility Of My Unborn Child Being ‘Different’ From Others

 April 7, 2016 | By Anubha Garg   Perhaps it was coincidence. I began work at the Amrit Foundation of India, an NGO that focuses on intellectual and development challenges. Only a few days later, my sister-in-law went into labour. As we waited for news on the progress of her labour, we were told that […]

What Good Is The Promise Of Inclusive Education If It Ignores Those Who Need It Most?

 November 6, 2015 | By Pranavi Sethi and Christopher Dee   Imagine a world where every person has an equal chance at success. Boys and girls of all abilities and attributes are able to go to school. People hold jobs that allow them to earn for themselves and contribute to their family and society. Individuals are able to […]