Media and Disability

How can Media be more inclusive towards persons with disabilities?

By George Abraham

Often we hear journalists raise a question on behalf of persons with disabilities, “Is the government doing enough for the country’s disabled population?” Reporters and anchors accuse the government representatives for not doing enough to make the environment ‘inclusive’?
How about we turn this question around and ask our friends in the media, “What role does the media play towards inclusion of persons with disabilities? Does the media practice what it preaches?”
In today’s day and age, media is a powerful medium which can be used to bring about transformation of any kind. If media became more sensitive towards the needs of the disabled, it will automatically get reflected in the society at large, because of the impact media has on a large section of the population.  Read more

How to make Indian Monuments more Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired

By Akanksha Sharma

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the India Gate lawns, on a bright sunny day. What do you see? Groups of people with family and friends, picnic baskets in hand? Now imagine a blind person trying to find his/her way around the Amar Jawan Jyoti. He/she is likely to be lost with no proper markings or anyone to guide. Have you ever wondered that the little pleasures we experience as part of the society might be closed to a section of our population? Monuments give us a sense of the history of a particular place. But do blind and visually impaired people have access to these monuments in their own cities? Read more

Empowering the Visually Impaired: Opportunities & Challenges

By George Abraham

Hari Raghavan does business development at Dell. Charudatta Jadhav is an International Chess master and an IT professional with TCS. Pankaj Sinha is a practicing lawyer at the Delhi High Court. Dilip Loyolka, Samir Late and Rajani Gopalkrishna are practicing Chartered Accountants. Sudha Patel, Sanjay Dang and Siddhartha Sharma are entrepreneurs. Sundeep Rao is a stand-up comedian. G. Subramaniam and L. Subramani are journalists. Payal Kapur is a sales professional with a hotel. All of them are blind and all of them are extremely accomplished and successful. The question to be considered is “are these people merely outstanding exceptions or are these people examples pointing towards possibilities and potential in a life with blindness?”. Read more

Our Trustees

Thomas Chandy

Beginning  his career as a Franchise Chemist with Parley Bottling in 1986, today Thomas is the Country Director of Save the Children Fund since 2006.  In the past he has spent nearly 12 years with Coca Cola India in various capacities.  Prior to joining Coca Cola, he worked with Parley Bottling for 6-8 years. He has also been a key player in the launch of Limca Book of Records in 1989 – 1990.

Karunendra  Mathur

Karunendra is a veteran from the field of advertising, having worked with various advertising agencies since 1981, he is currently the Managing Director of Page Advertising & Communications Private Ltd, an advertising agency he set up in 2012.  In the past he has worked with advertising agencies such as Montage Advertising, Speer Communications, Chaitra, and Megacorp.

Salil Chaturvedi

Salil is a Managing Partner with Splash Communications, which provides communication solutions to NGOs along with designing and editorial services. He is also a disability activist and contributes regularly to the publications of Ability Foundation and NCPEDP.  Salil is also a regular feature on the television show Galli Galli Sim Sim. He has been on the wheel chair since the age of 18 after meeting with an accident.

Rajiv Raturi

Rajiv is a Senior Director with Human Rights Law Network. Before that he headed the  Asia Pacific Regional Centre for the Disability Rights Promotion International. DRPI is a project of the York University in Canada working across 5 continents to implement an international system to monitor the human rights of persons with disabilities. Before this he was working with the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) as their National Director – Disability Rights Initiative, and also Delhi Director. Before this he has worked with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled Persons (NCPEDP) as Programme Officer. Prior to venturing into the development sector, he worked with organizations like Jagajit Industries Limited and Wimco in India, and Kenya Matches Limited, Kenya. He suffered a bullet injury while in Kenya that left him visually impaired.