MENTORS and ADVISORS
Dr. Sudha Kaul.
Founder, Trustee and Vice Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), Kolkata, Dr. Kaul has a PhD in Augmentative and Alternative Communication from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has authored several books on AAC and presented papers at several national and international conferences. She was the former President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), an international Society of the UN for persons with complex communication needs. Dr. Kaul is a Fellow of ISAAC and a recipient of several national and international awards. Dr. Kaul received the Padmashree in April 2010 from the President of India.
She was appointed Chairperson by the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to formulate a New Disability Rights Bill based on the UNCRPD.
Dr. Reena Sen.
A founder member of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, DrReenaSen is now a member of its Governing Body and the former Executive Director. Her area of specialization is literacy and development of reading, intervention for specific learning difficulties and all issues related to inclusive education. Apart from her work with persons with cerebral palsy she coordinates IICP’s work with mainstream schools, helping these schools to meet the needs of students who have learning, emotional and behavioural problems, through direct assessment and guidance, and teacher training. She has published papers and articles in journals and books and in 2006, was awarded the ABLENET-ISAAC Literacy Award for her work with individuals who have severe speech and physical impairments and use augmentative and alternative communication.
She holds a Ph.D, M.A and PG Diploma in Special Education from Institute of Education, University of London.
SeemaSapru, the principal of The Heritage School,Kolkata, has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and Education. She has more than 24 years of experience in some of the most prestigious schools of the country. She was instrumental in setting up the Kothari International School in Noida. Mrs. Sapru is also an advisor to and on the boards of a number of schools.
Lina Bardhan is a Rehabilitation Psychologist with 23 years of specialization in the field of special education through counselling, behavior management, curriculum planning and other rehabilitation services for students with developmental and intellectual challenges. She is an empanelled resource person and examiner for professional training courses under Rehabilitation Council of India. She is a recipient of the Calcutta University N. Sengupta Memorial Award in 1985 and the 2010 Derozio Award as Principal of Noble Mission – a specialized centre for training, rehabilitation, awareness generation and inclusion for students with special needs.
Having developed its Bengali version, Lina Bardhan has been instrumental in implementing the Functional Assessment Checklist for Curriculum Programming of National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped in various districts of West Bengal, Bihar, Tripura and Bangladesh. She has promoted sports as a tool for development and mainstreaming in her capacity as Area Director of the Special Olympics, the international sports program for the intellectually challenged, providing sports training and competition opportunities to 2.4 million persons. In the course of her work as a disability activist, she has been a coordinator between training centres, government agencies, NGOs and parent associations.
With three decades of Marketing and Communications experience in HSBC Bank, the Capital Group, Barclays Bank and Accenture and now NASSCOM, Shalini's job stints have been in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Spearheading design, identifying unique brand values using brand personification, and digital marketing communications strategy including PR and Advertising for brand positioning are some of the key areas of her work.