Media Mentions


The ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth has donated a big, beautiful bus that'll get 16 kids to and from school/ therapy every day.

Bharatsatya, February 22, 2024


Shubha Nagesh and Sara Rotenberg on the opportunity to usher in a new era of accessibility for disabled people in the post-COVID world.

The Hindu, June 30, 2020

How do you support someone with a disability during the time of Covid-19? Shubha Nagesh on how her work with LRF is working on expanding inclusive systems in India at this time.

IHI, April 21st, 2020

Emerging research suggests that the menstrual health of women with developmental disabilities is in particular often ignored. Due to their sheer dependency, the attitudes and practices of the parents and/caregivers is pivotal in understanding how women with disabilities experience menstruation. The stigma of disabilities in India coupled with social norms around menstruation creates a challenging context. To understand better a small scale exploratory assessment was conducted in Dehradun, India to report challenges faced by the girls and their parents and/caregivers.

LeaderNet, April 15st, 2020

Another frontline to worry about in times of health, economic and social crisis: the more than a billion people worldwide who have disabilities. While adults with disabilities sometimes have a voice and a platform to fight for what is rightfully theirs, very little attention is being paid to children with disabilities, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the current global fire, we should not allow the blaze to consume the vulnerable. Instead, we should try to capitalize on the warmth of the fire to steer systems to prioritize inclusivity from the start. This article seeks to understand better how children on the autistic spectrum are affected by the changes that are occurring all around us in COVID-19 times.

IHP, April 1st, 2020

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We need to do everything we can to ensure that every child counts. We believe we can make a small contribution towards mitigating impediments to reaching the World Health Organization’s ‘triple billion’ target – one billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage; one billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and one billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing.

Globaldev, December 23rd, 2019

The world must realise that fostering a global village requires that different geographical locations do not attempt to solve problems alone. There must be a sense of community in all efforts to improve health. This African proverb captures our thoughts succinctly; “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

IPS, December 16th, 2019

For the first time, a global health conference had organized a whole panel on disability, with a focus on improving access for services for young women with disabilities – the focus of my work back in the Indian Himalayas. They spoke about disability, loud and clear and at the very beginning – not at the end, not as an afterthought. There were brave role models sharing their stories, their challenges and how they transformed their limitations into strengths and today stand tall in their fields, improving lives of many others like them.

IHP, November 12th, 2019

Recently, I visited the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Butaro, Rwanda. Located about eighty miles away from the capital city, Kigali, UGHE is a ground breaking initiative from Partners in Health, and is all set to build the next generation of global leaders for the delivery of equitable healthcare. The passion and commitment of health workers in Rwanda is a benchmark in itself, and a firm lesson for all of us. ‘Health For All’ has fared very well in Rwanda. Universal Health Coverage is achieved for the poorest citizen, making Rwanda one of global health’s biggest success stories.

IHP, July 16th, 2019

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Kavi's delayed development occurred within a context of poverty, abuse and neglect. We can't save him while ignoring his sister – who is likely being abused – and his mother – who escaped an abusive marriage and is struggling to support herself and her two children.

The Wire, September 21, 2018

Rote learning divorced from practical hands-on experience not only kills curiosity and joy in children but also effectively robs them of useful knowledge, self-confidence and genuine skills. Activity-based learning, on the other hand, is magic.

The Wire, August 31, 2018

Young school children have to cope with a strange environment for many hours with other unfamiliar children and teachers. Having to learn in a language that isn’t their mother tongue makes it harder.

The Wire, August 23, 2018

She listens to the story and she catches the meaning beneath the words: “You matter. You are important. This story – every story – belongs to you.”’

The Wire, June 30, 2018

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Life lessons on parenting a child with disability – Jo’s letter to her younger self 25 years ago

Patients Engage, December 1, 2017

Our holistic approach and our biggest challenge (no, it isn’t money!).

NewzHook, October 7, 2017

How to explain death to children with intellectual disability

The Swaddle, June 16,2017

Change begins with one step in the direction in which we want to move and how we’re changing the world one smile at a time.

NTD Inspired, June 11, 2017

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The opening of the 12th Sir Ratan Tata Lecture Series on ‘Every Child in School – Every Single Child’, December 9, 2016

In India, where millions of children are growing up in less than perfect environments for their development, their wellbeing could not be more precarious.

The Wire, November 27, 2016

Why investing in India’s youngest citizens is now more crucial than ever

The Wire, November 27, 2016

Communicating better with people with disabilities

The Swaddle, November 8, 2016

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That foreigners can't be appointed as guardians to persons with disabilities is a travesty of justice to those who have been like parents to people who need help. Let’s celebrate Moy and her family. She’s theirs. The law be damned.

The Wire, July 20, 2015

If you have a child with a disability, the chances are high that one day soon (it’s probably already happened) you will be in a public space and you will notice someone staring. Or worse.

The Swaddle, June 16, 2015

Seizures are sometimes called a ‘storm in the brain’. When there’s a storm outside, we get our umbrellas and dress accordingly. A storm in the brain is no different.

The Swaddle, May 19, 2015

After Us… Then What?

The Swaddle, April 25, 2015

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Women’s Web speaks to Jo as part of their series on contemporary urban women in India.

Women's Web, August 15, 2012


‘Mother Courage’ urges parents to trust their instincts and be strong advocates for their child.

Deccan Herald, March 5, 2010


Renuka Chidambaram on Karuna Vihar, our first project for children with disability, from way back when we had only 30 children.

Outlook India, May 7, 2001