Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled: Conversation about Being in Love

“Of course, we know to love! We are probably better lovers than you are but then, you’ll never know.” – have been perennial words from Alizeh* and so many other autistic young people in their experiences of love. A disability and deaf aware account on Instagram disabilityaware_ features words by Jim Sinclair that reads, “Push…

A Narrative Conference: Where Sparkling Hopes Dance in Every Corner

It was 4th February, 2016. I came to be emotionally involved with a beautiful concept. But I had skepticism about its existence as in my experiential world I have witnessed mostly the opposite. It was the concept of rizomatic community. I was introduced to it in a class of ‘Feminism & related issues’. What is…

Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled: In Conversation with Nehil Gala

As we bring to you our beautiful conversation about the effects of lockdown with Nehil Gala, we hold on to the words of Eli Care, “Cure dismisses resilience, survival, the spider web of fractures, cracks and seams. It’s promise holds power precisely because none of us want to be broken. But I’m curious: what might…

Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled: In Conversation with Sanket Gala

In the second of the interview series, ‘Wisdom from the Young and the Disabled’, we are in conversation with Sanket Gala. As we bear witness to the rich know-hows from young people with disabilities of how the world should be, we hold on to the words and intentions of writer and community organizer for disability…

Children’s Picture Books as scaffolds to Re-author Stories of Disabilities

One of the powerful ideas that align narrative practices and disability justice is that people are not the problem, the problem is the problem. That the problems are not in our bodies, heads or hearts but in the social structures of injustice, in a world that’s industrialized, medicalized, ableist. In a conversation with Vikki Reynolds,…

‘हमारे जुगाड़’ – A collective document of mothers’ know-hows of taking care of themselves

हमारे जुगाड़/Our Jugaad is a collective document about different ways in which mothers take of themselves, their mental health. This Covid lockdown across India has been a particularly difficult time for caregivers of children with disabilities with restricted access to supportive spaces, everyday resources, medical and therapy services, change in everyday routine. The Mental Health…

Podcast: Therapists as Co-travellers on Caregivers’ Journey

The Mental Health Team at Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai has been facilitating a series of events in the month of June, as a way to advocate for the mental health of caregivers of children with disabilities. As a part of the series, the team is launching this podcast that is a conversation between the…

‘Collective Feeling’… Ananya on Artwork and Mental Health

Bruner once said, “Stories become transformative only in their performance” This week, we are in conversation with Ananya Broker Parekh who calls herself a “freelance illustrator, a picture-maker and a storyteller.” In this conversation, she lets us into some of her profound, yet accessible storytelling through her artwork around mental health and what moves her…