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Prachi Karekar is a  physiotherapist who has devoted her career to working with children with disabilities. Prachi has a Bachelors in Physiotherapy from D.Y. Patil college and has been working at the Jai Vakeel school for the last 4 years.She recently graduated from Ummeed’s Community Mental Health Training Program in Narrative Ideas and Practises.

The school was started by Mr. & Mrs. Hormusjee Vakeel for their daughter Dina who was born with Down’s syndrome. The ‘school’ started in 1944, with 2 kids from their house and by 1949 there were over 75 students. Today the Institute caters to over 700 people annually and serves as a ‘one stop shop’ for all the needs of a mentally challenged person with ‘associated disabilities’ e.g. Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy etc.

Prachi is an avid reader and enjoys watching detective television shows likes The Mentalist and Sherlock. Prachi believes that children no matter what their disability do have responses to their surrounding and that working with them is a privilege.

Prachi will be sharing stories from her journey with Narrative ideas in her work as a physiotherapist at A Room Full Of Stories.

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

Stories, Hopes & Dreams,

Mental Health Team