Fellow Since 2005
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This profile was prepared when Magda Sami was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Magda Sami is filling a tremendous gap in services for Egypt’s physically disabled children by creating a system of “shadow therapists,” trained professionals who provide constant, one-on-one care and support as children learn skills and gain confidence to integrate into public life. Starting with a new education and rehabilitation center for children with multiple disabilities, Magda is providing a safe and fully supported learning environment while developing a new class of specially trained teachers and professional therapists who can be hired by parents or regular schools throughout the country to support disabled children in their daily lives. Access to this kind of assistance will ultimately enable these children to take advantage of mainstream services and take the responsibility for their education and specialized care out of the hands of their families.