April 28, 2017

Malvika Iyer is a bilateral amputee, a bomb blast survivor, a social worker, and a Ph.D. scholar. She was a Junior Research Fellow at the Madras School of Social Work. She is an alumna of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the Delhi School of Social Work. She is a motivational speaker and trainer, working to create awareness on disability.  Her doctoral thesis is on the stigmatization people with disabilities.She is an advocate for building an inclusive society and a model for accessible fashion. On May 26, 2002, at the age of 13, she lost both her hands in a grenade explosion at her home in Bikaner and sustained severe injuries to both her legs including multiple fractures, nerve paralysis and hypoesthesia. After 18 months of hospitalization (involving multiple surgeries) in Chennaishe began to walk with the aid of crutches and was fitted with prosthetic hands. Following her hospitalization, Malvika appeared as a private candidate in the SSLC examination in Chennai. Writing the exam with the help of a scribe, she secured a state rank among the private candidates. This gained public attention. She was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the then President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

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