APD Champions – Our Very Own Heroes Who Defy Disability
As an NGO working with people with disability (PwD) for almost six decades, we don't believe in words such as disabled and handicapped. We find these words limiting and even offensive because we see persons with disability work, play and live with grit, tenacity and joy every day.
We see heroic stories in our line of work every day. And we also have our very own heroes and heroines - the APD Champs. We're proud to share that 35% of our workforce comprises of PwDs.
Shubhajit, Graphic Designer, APD
A massive electric shock had Shubhajit on a hospital bed in Bangalore for 11 months. His arms were amputated – one below the elbow and the other above – to save his life. He fought his demons and pushed ahead, became a football champion, a graphic designer, and now – a budding guitarist!
If someone tells you 'NO' take it as a challenge and replace it with 'YES'.
Radha, Assistant Coordinator, Orthotics, APD
Affected by polio at the age of 3 years, Radha, had difficulty accessing education. She had to drop out of PUC because of her inability to travel. But life changed when APD helped her with a wheelchair. She took up livelihood training, got a good job, embraced challenges, and travelled.
Don’t blame others whether you have a disability or not.
Jawahar Ramanathan (Ram), CFO
Ram contracted an infection that led to severe septicemia in his right knee. Amputation was the only recourse suggested by doctors to save his life. A month later, Ram took the reins back in his hands - got a prosthetic limb, found a job, and re-pursued his hobbies.
Accepting and understanding your weakness is your biggest strength. Enjoy life!
Sudha, Assistant Technician, Orthotics
Sudha was loved and protected by her parents in her childhood. As she grew older, Mr. Basavaraj of APD encouraged her to focus on her abilities. With the help of APD staff and assistive devices, Sudha is now Assistant Technician at the Orthotics workshop, helping build devices to help more people with disabilities.
Humility and compassion.
Ningappa, Sr. Therapist, Spinal Cord Injury
Ningappa Dodmani had difficulty travelling in a bus. But when he saw the people with disability at APD, he was struck by their achievements. He questioned himself and understood his own potential. He requests that PwDs not be shown sympathy alone. They need opportunities and accessible workplaces.
Self-belief and opportunity are all that's required.
Shivappa, Sr. Specialist, Policy Advocacy, APD
Shivappa shares his story on winning against polio & negative attitudes. Despite taunts and discouragement, he excelled in sports and got a Masters in Sociology. He loves his work at APD - admin work, govt. grants, student support - and is grateful for the support and opportunities.
Work hard and stay focused on your goal.
Mrunal, Teacher, SIS, APD
Mrunal's cerebral palsy made her the butt of taunts and jokes when she was a kid till a teacher took her under her wing and put her on the path to education. All her life, her teachers and family have supported her and pushed her further. As a teacher at APD’s inclusive school (Shradhanjal Integrated School), she is a role model.
If you make the effort, success will be yours.
Anusha, Teacher, SIS, APD
Anusha was just 5 years old when she fell from the top floor of her home while playing. She suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Thanks to her father’s support, she pursued education, took advantage of rehabilitation and employment opportunities at APD and is now a teacher at the Shradhanjali Integrated School.
Dreams can be achieved with hard work and consistent effort.
OUR STAFF ACROSS CAMPUSES
A large part of APD's work is in the communities, across remote locations of North Karnataka. Our staff in the districts are the people on the ground driving APD programs with passion and energy.