Minal Doshi

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2003
Setu Developmental Intervention Center

Citation

This profile was prepared when Minal Doshi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Minal is effecting a dramatic shift in the way professionals, family, and the larger community approach the development needs of disabled children. She is replacing the traditional rehabilitation approach that typically begins after a child has outgrown the stage of maximum readiness to learn with a preventive approach focused on young children (infancy to 5-years-old) and aimed at optimizing every bit of potential that a disabled child has to attain a near-normal condition.
She is working with parents, medical professionals, the government, and various institutions like hospitals and schools to ensure that disabled children are not consigned to a lifetime of merely "coping," but are enabled to maximize their potential through a combination of early detection, prevention, and potential-optimizing therapy. In the process, she is taking the first steps toward both stemming the country's huge waste of human resources represented by the underutilization of disabled persons and reducing the financial burden on society by significantly reducing the number of children who may require exhaustive rehabilitative and supportive services throughout their lives.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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