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    Mohammed Shahidul Haque, himself physically disabled, seeks to show Bangladesh that its policy of not allowing those like him to contribute works to the detriment of both the country - and the disabled.

    Minal Doshi is reversing the tragic national practice of neglecting children's disability to the point when it is too late for optimizing treatment and rehabilitation. She is opening new opportunities for disabled children and their families through multidimensional education on early diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation. Minal is addressing her pattern-changing education to all related professional groups and to high-risk families and caregivers.

    Dina Buchbinder Auron has introduced an innovative, action-oriented education model called Deport-es para Compartir to a Mexican education system that has long struggled with passivity and rigidity. Deport-es para Compartir empowers teachers from a variety of school settings to foster social and environmental awareness while also teaching values, such as teamwork and fair play.

    Shaka Robert is boosting rural economic development by developing a model of professional volunteerism that channels energy and ideas into eradicating poverty.

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center is developing the legal infrastructure necessary for a new, resilient, sharing economy to thrive in the United States.

    Aware from personal experience of the failures of the Chilean school system in serving the needs of indigenous people and, more generally, in instilling respect for people of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, José Ancán is working to remedy these institutional deficiencies.

    Working in the impoverished regions of Sri Lanka’s arid interior, Karunawathie Menike supports women-led business ventures as an entry point to a larger process of social transformation.

    In Germany, which is experiencing an increasing disconnect between young people and the growing elderly population, Horst Krumbach is working to form relationships across generations to foster empathy, understanding, and life-long learning. Horst is changing how the elderly socially define themselves and how society perceives their value as persons.

    By consolidating and disseminating best practices–from service models to institutional funding strategies–Duke Kaufman is strengthening the response of citizen-led organizations combating AIDS in South Africa.

    Shila Thapa is educating, empowering, and preparing parents of children with Down syndrome to care for and raise independent children that realize their full potential. Mothers, freed from guilt, become the capable caregivers and advocates for their own and others’ differently-abled children.