At the age of 17 when she perfected Bharathanatyam and was giving public performance, Sudha lost her right leg due to an amputation after a road accident near Trichy in South India in May 1981. Yet she picked up courage and got an artificial limb fixed. With the help of the now world famous “Jaipur Foot”, she practised her art again regaining the glory of her skill at dance stunning the lovers of dance and dance critics who could not find any difference between her past footwork and the present.
She has shown rare courage and determination to continue the art she loved, adored and practiced to perfection, despite her disability and has been performing with no trace of the disability, fate has imposed on her in all cruelty. In the living memory of the history of any dance system in the world, never has there been a case of a dancer retrieving her glory after having been disabled as did this “Wonder Girl” from Mumbai.
She has acted in many films in atleast 9 Indian languages and a number of T.V.Serials. She has also given thousands of benefit dance recitals through the length and breadth of the country, U.S.A, Europe, U.K, Middle East, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Mauritius. She has won many National & State level awards.
Today, she is an international celebrity, a symbol of hope for millions of disabled all over the world. Millions of students learn her life story in their text books. She is the Chairperson of NADE, joining the crusade to provide the much-needed economic rehabilitation to the disabled.
Smallpox took away the lights of his body at the age of 2. Completed his SSC from a Blind School at Chalisgaon and came to Mumbai in 1981. He wandered in the streets of Mumbai thirsty and hungry.
The pain of helplessness and rejection surrounded by the glitter and glamour of Mumbai city solidified his determination to stand up and fight. He joined NADE in 1994 as a trainee and today he is working as a Development Officer with NADE and is a Member of the Executive Council of NADE, living with self respect and teaching others also to do so.
Now, he proudly says “Whatever I am today is because of NADE” though his hard work and sincerity has earned him success and happiness in life.
Ms. Leela Chandude, an Orthopaedically Challenged woman wandered in the streets after completing her school education for a job. She joined NADE in the year 1987 as a trainee and through her hard work got herself promoted as a Supervisor in our Electrical Assembly Dept
Today, she is a happy and satisfied employee, who is proud of supporting the disabled brothers and sisters in the Workshop.
Her father left her when she was a very young girl, to live with another woman. Her mother took care of her.
She is blind and was married to a man who committed suicide later on. When everything was lost with an aging mother, who cannot work anymore, she found a job at NADE. Life goes on. She has a daughter who has completed her graduation and is employed now.
He became a blind at the age of 2 years through Typhoid. He was determined to fight and facing all problems, he managed to complete his B.A.Degree from Mumbai University. Thereafter, he was not lucky to get a regular job.
With full disappointment, he came to NADE in 2008. Today, he is working in our Godrej Packing Dept. and supports his wife and 2 children.
He is a Mentally Challenged person who joined NADE in 2004 as a trainee.
Today, he is almost fully rehabilitated and works like any other normal employee. He is a great asset in our workshop who is always cheerful and ever-willing to carry out any duty entrusted to him.