This profile was prepared when Renata Arantes Vilella was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
The New Idea
Renata Arantes Villela is drawing on existing capacities within the community to create a center to care for the disabled and to provide related public education programs for the community. Because the center is available to a wide array of community organizations and services, its presence encourages the integration of the disabled into the lives of the community and vice versa. Renata is also helping "mainstream" the disabled into the community through various shared activities and events.