Research & Publications

Anandini conducts Research and takes on research projects in the areas of Education, Special Education, Disability, Learning Disability, Dyslexia, Legal Rights of the Disabled and other disciplines related to disability and education.

The research that Anandini conducts is into issues that directly impact the lives of persons with disabilities, especially children. It is with the objective of making a difference – by taking the findings back to the target group and informing them; generating ideas, views and opinions on the issue and creating a platform for advocacy.

We create, collate, publish and disseminate information material on issues that impact persons with disabilities and their families. Anandini attempts to make the information available in easy-to–understand language and in accessible formats.

We document work in the area of disability and related areas such as education, law, human rights and psychology.

Compile this information and prepare reports; Prepare documents and write papers for dissemination, discussion and generating actionable issues.

Anandini’s Research and Publications over the years…

> Research based study looking at the diverse perspectives that emerge on the reasons for sending a child with disability into an Institutional/Residential Facility. Interviews were conducted with children, their parents, with professionals running these facilities. Starting with a belief that Institutional care is not for children who have families and should be the last choice for anyone, the study brought forth many compelling situations confronting people making it the only choice. Poverty was a major factor leading to institutionalization of children with disabilities.

> A Research based study of 120 Institutional/Residential facilities across the country. Interviews were done mainly over the phone and skype, with a few done face-to-face. The study involved finding out details regarding the residents-the age-group, disability etc and details regarding the plans the centre has in place for each resident. It sought information on the linkages the centre has developed with the community and how the residents were being integrated into the community once again. The focus was also to collate the skill-building techniques and areas in which training was being extended to the residents. There were some innovative ways some of the centres had employed to ensure independent living strategies for persons with disabilities.    

> Worked as a Consultant with Aarth-Astha on a Project on Child Protection. The project looked at Child Protection systems in India from the lens of a child with disability. Interviews were conducted with the Child Welfare Committees, The Childlines and other agencies comprising our Child Protection mechanisms. The project looked closely at The Juvenile Justice Act and also all the Special Laws in place to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The report underlined the fact that there is hardly any protection extended to children with disabilities even in laws that are specifically designed to address their needs.

>  Co-authored a Training module on ‘ Independent Living’  for training professionals working with young adults

> Co-Authored a Training module entitled ‘ Understanding Mobility’ which detailed the various aspects of mobility and the Schemes the government extends to persons with limited or no mobility.  

> Authored The Twelfth Five year Plan Document for the Sub-sector on Disability for ‘The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities’ [Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India]. The National Trust was the convener for one of the sub-sectors on disability. The reports of the task-forces within the sub-group were taken as the base-line and the recommendations documented  

>  Co-authored a booklet entitled “Exploring Care Taking Arrangements for Persons with Mental and Multiple Disabilities”. This booklet meant for families as well as professionals gave in-depth information about The National Trust Act, The Guardians and Wards Act and formation of Trusts for the care of persons with disabilities.

 > Co-authored a series of booklets for ‘‘The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities’’ on issues concerning Guardianship, Local Level Committees.

 Research on Health and Disability related Issues…

 > Co-authored a Research paper “Health rights of Persons with Disabilities” presented at the ‘International Conference on Global Health Laws’, New Delhi.

> Co-authored a yet-to-be-published book that looks at the area of ‘Medical Needs and Intervention required for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy’  [a research-based study]. The book attempts to simplify information about Cerebral Palsy and its associated conditions; bridge the divide between Parents and Doctors; and Empower – through Information- families and persons with Cerebral Palsy. It gives technical information as well as quotes from experiences of families and professionals.