Partners and Supporters


Partners

The Ability People founded for Building a better understanding on “Awareness, Prevention and Rehabilitation (APR)” on 3R’s (Road Safety, Right to Emergency Care & Rehabilitation actively for accident victims). An independent body to create a measurable and sustainable impact in the lives of Spinal Cord Injured Persons (SCIP’s) in India.

The New Global Indian (NGI) is a platform for information sharing and networking using various media and events across the globe. New Delhi based NGI Media Pvt. Ltd. is a joint venture by various partners in Mumbai, Boston and Dubai. NGI plans to expand its activities in countries that are home to Indians and friends.

We were first established in 1981 as the British Council of Disabled People, to be the umbrella body for disabled people’s organisations across the United Kingdom. We believe in, and strive for, the full inclusion of disabled people in society and the workplace. For us, inclusion is a human rights and civil liberties issue that must be effectively tackled. By working in partnership with disabled people’s organisations, the government and other bodies, we believe that equality can be achieved.

Institute Of Directors was established on 12 July 1990 in India, as an apex association of Directors to improve their professional competence. It was soon obvious, that it had a far wider remit. From the personal development of Directors, it soon embraced boardroom development as a whole, and then organization-wide transformation. IOD India since has grown to associate with more than 30,000 senior executives representing prominent organisations from both the Private & Public and Govt worldwide.

Supporters

v-shesh is an impact enterprise that prepares students and job-seekers for suitable opportunities. v-shesh’s purpose is to create social impact by bridging the opportunity divide for those who are disadvantaged due to factors beyond their control like disability or socio-economic status. Led by the belief that getting first job is the most difficult for this group, but at the same time the first job has the maximum impact whether on job seekers, their family or society at large, v-shesh focuses it effort on connecting disadvantaged job seekers to their first jobs.

Trinayani is a NGO working with a mission to HONOUR, INCLUDE and EMPOWER persons with disabilities. Our core objective is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, but the process actually involves grabbing attention and soliciting a change within minds of regular or non disabled persons. While our chief motive remains awareness – and there are many battles against attitudinal barriers pending to be waged, we have evolved into a multi-pronged outfit. Awareness workshops for students and Corporates, radio shows, sensitization sessions for public and private sector employees, documentaries and music releases are only some of our activities.

Ektha is a rights based voluntary organization of self-advocates with disabilities, who have got together to stand up for the rights of the persons with disabilities.
Their objective is to promote the well being and interests of persons with disabilities. Focus is laid on inclusive education, training skills for employment, legislation, independent living and accessible transportation for persons with disabilities.

Vidya Sagar is a voluntary organization that works with children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other neurological disabilities, their families and the communities they live in. Vidya Sagar focuses on early intervention, special education, physiotherapy, speech and communication therapy, vision training, occupational therapy, co-curricular activities, counseling, vocational training, legal rights, exploring and creating employment opportunities and training of resource persons to work in the field of disability.

Polio Children was founded in 2003 with the primary mission of providing nutritional, educational, health, and vocational support to children, especially those from poor families, afflicted with polio and other neuro-degenerative diseases.Registered charities in the U.K and the U.S.A., Polio Children has collected over a million pounds and provided assistance to more than 1000 children in India, Tanzania, and England over the past 10years.

Speakers

  • rajendra

    CEO Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled (Bangalore) Experienced Corporate Social Responsibility Professional; driven by integrity and strong ethical principles with 3 decades of experience in the spearheading Corporate Social Responsibility operations encompassing Strategy Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Revenue Expansion, Project & Program Management, & other managerial functions. Highly successful in developing insightful recommendations on strategic direction, [...]

  • shampa

    Shampa Sengupta is an activist working on disability and gender issues for last 25 years. She is the Founder-Director of Sruti Disability Rights Centre, a non-funded advocacy group that works on disability and gender rights. She started her work-life by organising Kolkata’s first ever parents group of intellectually disabled children. She later worked with Crisis [...]

  • krithika

    Researcher Disability Research and Design Foundation (DRDF), Mumbai Krithika is an Alumnus in Social Work with specialisation in Disability Studies and Action from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Presently, she is working as a Researcher at DRDF, a Mumbai-based organisation which works towards inclusion of persons with disability by focussing on the application [...]

  • reshma

    Co-founder of Mind Arcs and a member of several other national and international groups for persons with mental illness, Reshma entered the field of mental health advocacy during her own battle with schizophrenia. Being the protagonist of a documentary that received several national awards based on her own recovery without medications called ‘A Drop of [...]

  • niranjan1

    GM Environment Initiatives, ITC Hotels Mr Khatri is the General Manager (GM) for Environment Initiatives at ITC hotels India. He has a background in hotel management with extensive experience in GM positions within various ITC hotels all in which he pioneered the concept of eco designing. Mr Khatri has submitted papers to ILO /CORNELL UNIVERSITY on eco-designing in 1994. [...]

  • prathi

    Paralympic Swimmer Gold Medalist in the 1st State Level Paralympic Swimming Championship – India 2013 An MBA graduate in Banking and Finance she has worked in the field for several years as well as taking forward her passion for sport. Madhavi has won the Bronze medal in the Corporate Sports Olympiad 2011 in 100 meters [...]

  • ritika

    RITIKA SAHNI is a professional singer, performer, composer, producer of children albums and an Ability Activist. Has been working with Disability related issues for last the 20 years and founded Trinayani, a cross disability advocacy NGO in 2006, with the sole desire to inform, communicate and create awareness, tolerance and respect about the world of [...]

  • mahantesh

    MAHANTESH GHATIVALAPPA KIVADASANNAVAR Founder Managing Trustee Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled Personal Details: Address: Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled CA: 39, 15th Cross, 16th Main, Sector – 4, HSR Layout, Bangalore – 560102 Phone:+91-80-26582570, Birth place: Neginhal, Bailhongal (Taluk), Belgaum (District) Age:42 years Nature of Disability: Visually Impaired Key achievements Completed MA & M.Phil in [...]

  • harpreet1

    Mrs Harpreet A De Singh is head of Corporate Quality, Safety and Environment Management Systems at Air India Ltd. She is the first head of Corporate Quality Management Systems, first Head of Corporate SMS and Convener of Risk Management, the first Woman to Head the Emergency Response, the first Woman Ground Instructor for Pilots, besides [...]

  • sivasubbu

    Sundari Sivasuubu is the Communications and Program Officer at HCLT Foundation, the CSR Wing of HCL Technologies. She has Cerebral Palsy (Ataxia) from birth and uses a joy-stick operated wheelchair for mobility. “I’ve always been fascinated by the art of communication – the written, the spoken, and the unspoken – and its power to bring [...]

  • sidharth

    Manager- Trade Operations IndusInd Bank Ltd Siddharth is currently working as Manager (Got promoted this year) with IndusInd Bank Ltd in the Trade Operations Department at Chennai. He has been with IndusInd Bank since 2010 and prior to that he was with RBS (previously ABN Amro) in the Trade Finance Division for more than 5 [...]

  • ruchir

    Brand executive for Tanishq in Titan Industries Ruchir is one of the developers for the NVDA project, which makes computers accessible to blind people. Ruchir has a day job where he manages online campaigns and brand for Tanishq. Ruchir prides himself in having had a completely normal childhood and upbringing. “I was never put into any [...]

  • rakesh

    Rakesh Paladugula is currently working as an Accessibility Consultant for Cognizant Technology Solutions, Hyderabad.. Beyond his role as accessibility consultant,Rakesh is an active volunteer for organizations such as Enable India and Retina India who support the PwD and an active participant for the NASSCOM foundation.Rakesh has been a panel member for various discussions on accessibility and inclusion across India [...]

  • ahluwalia

    C. Eng(UK).C. Eng (I),FIETE,FIE,MIERE(UK),MBIM(UK) MIMA, MCSI, MIIPE, F Inst D.PGDQM Lt Gen J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (retd) is President of the ‘Institute of Directors’ and of the ‘World Environment Foundation’ (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, he had specialized in engineering support to weapon systems of the Army. He has undergone extensive [...]

  • dilip2bg

    Mr. Dilip Patro, MCA & M. Com, software specialist by profession. A road accident in 1997 resulted in a serious spinal injury left him a quadriplegic – he is paralysed waist below. He is still working in his field and passionate about providing other spinal cord injured with the training and resources, he has received [...]

  • Sebi

    SebiChacko is one of the leading professionals in the space of Diversity and Inclusion and change management in Asia. He leads and  represents the leading industry bodies in India ( Confederation of Indian Industry and NASSCOM) in its efforts at Diversity. He is the Convenor of the Disability Forum and Co Convenor of the Diversity [...]

  • meenu

    Dr. Meenu Bhambhani is the Associate Vice-President and Head – Global Corporate Social Responsibility at MphasiS, Bangalore. Her background in development/disability sector is multifaceted:  she is a person with disability herself, a professional in the area of disability and human development with fifteen years of experience, specialised in disability studies and social policy, a researcher [...]

  • mm

    Manoj has both academic and professional experience in equality and international development. He has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). He is also a member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity practitioners (IEDP) and of ‘Breaking Through– Towards Strategies for [...]

  • jasp

    Director of Choice International and CEO of UKDPC (United Kingdom Disabled People Council UK) Jaspal Dhani is an established equality and diversity trainer in the UK and has delivered on inclusion and empowerment courses in India. He has worked in the disability field for 15 years, both at grass-roots level and senior management level in [...]

  • ujvalk

    Prof.Ujjwal K. Chowdhury, a front-ranking media educator of India, was earlier the Dean of Symbiosis International University for seven years, and now the Dean of Whistling Woods International School of Media & Communication, in Mumbai, chaired by the leading Bollywood film-maker and producer Subhash Ghai. Prof Chowdhury is also the Consulting Director of ACORE Group, [...]

  • mal

    Malini Chib holds two masters degress, one in women’s studies and the second one in information Management. She is the Co-chairperson of Adapt Rights group which fights for the Rights of people with disabilities. Malini is the senior Events Manager of Oxford Bookshop in Mumbai. Her book One Little Finger has recently published by Sage

  • ra

    General Secretary of Ektha, a disability movement having evolved a century ago which has successfully reached the human rights model; it was shocking to know that people with neurological impairment are marginalized even within the disability sector. Ektha was initiated keeping this in mind, the fact that there was no group for people with neurological [...]

  • llllllaa

    NileshSingit He has a Masters degree in English from University of Bombay, and has completed a PG course in Human Rights and is a Novell Certified Internet Professional [NCIP] He has worked for over 12 years in the field of disability with a special focus on access audits, accessibility and inclusive design, disability diversity/equality/rights training [...]