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Disability and Social Inclusion in India: Current Challenges

A Panel Discussion with Action Village India’s partners on challenges related to the enhancement of social inclusion for people with disabilities. 

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Project Disability Rights | Women Laughi

About the Event...

People with disabilities around the world, especially in developing countries, are among the poorest of the poor and social discrimination is a major issue.


In India, people with disabilities are amongst the most excluded in society and although there is support available, it is still underserved in rural areas.


In this discussion, Action Village India’s partners will explore the challenges related to the enhancement of social inclusion for people with disabilities, drawing on their own experiences working on the ground in rural India.


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Jothi Ramalingam

Founder and Director of CRUSADE

The Centre for Rural Systems and Development (CRUSADE), founded in 1991 by Jothi Ramalingam, works closely with communities to alleviate poverty and to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the poor. AVI has supported CRUSADE since its inception. CRUSADE aims to build secure, productive and just communities in rural Tamil Nadu, working through 130 villages with a population of 200,000 people.


Shampa Sengupta

Director, Sruti Disability Rights Centre

Shampa is an activist with more than 3 decades of experience working on disability and gender rights. She is the founder of Sruti Disability Rights Centre and serves as the Joint Secretary of National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), India's largest membership-based cross-disability organisation.

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Satish Girija

Secretary and Founder, Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK)

Satish Kumar known as Satish Girija, is an engineering graduate and founder member of Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra- a renowned voluntary organization in Jharkhand and Bihar. He follows Gandhian ideology being vegetarian with simple living. He has 49 years of rich experience in the implementation of rural development programmes through NBJK. He also did a certificate course ‘Planning and Management of Rural Development’ in the UK. He is a writer of books ‘Aap Chahen to Bimar na Paden’, ‘Vikas Ke Sahyogi Srot’, Funding Agencies & Support Organization etc. 


Anand Abhinav

Programme Director, Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK)

Anand is an engineer and Postgraduate in Rural Management with 8 years of experience in rural development. He has expertise in eye health and disability issues. He was in the drafting committee of state disability rule under “Rights of persons with disabilities Act, 2016”, for Govt. of Jharkhand. Currently, he is working as Programme Director at NBJK.


Dr Mukul Agarwal

Trustee of Action Village India

Dr Mukul joined Action Village India as a trustee in January 2020, and he has extensive experience in Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Rehab and Sports Medicine. He has been working for the last 15 years at some of the most notable institutions in the field. In 2010, Dr Mukul joined the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi – the largest Commonwealth Games to date – as the sports physician for the England team of Rugby 7’s, tennis and weightlifting. His most significant interests are medical education, disability sport, and remote expeditions.

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