Sunil Deepak, a medical doctor, is originally from India and now lives in a small mountain town in Italy. For about 35 years, he worked as a trainer, facilitator and researcher in disability programs in different countries of Asia, Africa and South America.
Dr. Deepak has worked with different agencies of United Nations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as with many humanitarian organizations. A key area of his work is about how to simplify specialized knowledge and make it easier to understand for non-professionals.
Dr. Deepak’s presentation will begin at 10:30 am SLT (Pacific time) on Saturday, Nov. 2. He will focus on two approaches used by and in collaboration with disabled persons in poor communities, both of which had a great impact. These approaches worked in places where persons did not have any access to services, professionals and technology. Through Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR), persons and their families learned about their disabilities and took action to improve their own well being and social participation. Through Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR), persons with disabilities became researchers about their own lives, learning to look at barriers and finding ways to overcome them.
This event will be live-streamed via Virtual Ability Inc.'s YouTube channel: