Tom Shakespeare, Dr. Padmani Mendis, Dr Firdosi Rustom Mehta: Learning from the first World Disability Report
Activists / Doctors / Researchers

Tom Shakespeare, Dr. Padmani Mendis, Dr Firdosi Rustom Mehta: Learning from the first World Disability Report

The Indian government wanted its disabled citizens to vote. Faced with mounting social pressure, leading parties were debating disability issues in their stump speeches, vying for votes. Here was a departure from business as usual – the Disability Act, passed in 1995, guaranteed equal opportunities to disabled people but little had come of it. Tom … Continue reading

Activists / Doctors / Inspirational Speakers / The Sunday Times / Writers

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish: “As a Palestinian, my life was a war.”

“As a Palestinian, my life was a war,” Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is saying. “You expect the worst of tomorrow. You say, ‘Thank god, I am alive today, but I don’t know what will happen tomorrow’. ” His voice cracks a little on the last words as our internet connection falters and the video feed stutters. … Continue reading

Actors / Doctors / Series: Prized Possesion

Dr. Sean Amarasekera: I Heart Darth Vader

Darth Vader’s name may have become synonymous with evil but Dr. Sean Amarasekera loves him anyway. So much so that a statue based upon the character, complete with a glowing red lightsabre and chest and belt panels which actually light up, is Sean’s most prized action figure. Sean is a collector of such memorabilia – … Continue reading