“Service is health . . .”: her father’s suggestion became Sai Padma’s mantra

Sai Padma, the founder of Global AID (Ability in Disability), a nonprofit that IDS has supported in the past, was featured in a recent BBC video in the BBC 100 Women series. Each year, this series honors 100 influential and inspirational women around the world.

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Sai Padma was born in 1972 and contracted polio as a baby. Many years of operations, physical therapy, and braces followed. After spinal surgery that left her bedridden for two years, she went into a deep depression.

Her father suggested she use her brain power and her powers of communication to help others. She did just that: for more than 20 years, Sai Padma has been a full-time advocate for people with disabilities.

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