“Disability isn’t the problem, the lack of solutions that work for the disabled is”, says Shanti Raghavan.
Shanti’s brother, Hari, started losing his eyesight at the age of fifteen due to retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that gradually diminishes eyesight. During Hari’s visit to the US, where Shanti and her husband lived at the time, they collectively decided that if he couldn’t see, that didn’t mean he couldn’t do. And so, they did: they attempted every kind of adventure sport and every – ‘ing’, including swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. This is the summer that initiated Shanti and her husband, Dipesh, into the world of empowering people with disabilities.
In this inspiring and rather motivating conversation on Chai wtih Lakshmi, Shanti shares about how her non-profit organisation Enable India is enabling thousands of people with disabilities, helping them contribute on par with the abled. The organisation works closely with corporates, the state government and with individuals to train and create employment for differently abled people. “Any person with disability actually can do any job, if they have the right solution. I call it the ‘workplace’ solution. For instance if you or I want to see at night we would use a torch, and in the same way a person with disability can use a suitable solution and achieve a similar result,” says Shanti.
To know more on the lives that Enable India has touched and Shanti Raghavan’s inspiring contribution in this space, watch this video!
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