THE INCREDIBLE ORIGINS OF APD:
APD celebrated its 60th birthday in 2019. Through these years, APD has promoted innovation and positively impacted people living with disabilities in India.
To understand APD and how it all started, we must look into the life journey of Ms N.S Hema (1938-2016). Ms Hema was born on October 4th 1938, in Hasana District, Channaraya Pattana Taluk, Nuggehalli village in India. Diagnosed with polio at age 5, Ms Hema’s hands and feet were severely affected. Her parents’ sought medical help across Bangalore, Madras, Kerala & Bombay (present-day Bengaluru, Chennai & Mumbai, respectively). Ms Hema was fortunate to have mindful and understanding parents who didn’t adhere to the stigma mindset. Her parents gave her a private tutor to finish school. Also, as a child, Ms Hema was supported to enjoy hobbies like drawing, singing & playing music.
The roots of APD can be traced back to the meetings that Hema used to organise, where disabled people would share their experiences, talk about their hopes and problems and, more than anything else, enjoy their rare social outing. After eight months of meeting, despite the divergent aims among its members, the formal inauguration of APD took place in the form of a training centre on 14th September 1959. It is from this date APD traces its history. (Source www.giveindia.org/blog)