COIMBATORE: A car accident left her a quadriplegic, but Sruti Mohapatra was not one to lose hope, though looked down upon and rejected for jobs; she took it upon herself to change people’s attitude towards those with disabilities. The social activist was in the city to interact with the students of Isha Home School.
Bhubaneshwar-based Sruti was among the activists who advocated a law for people with disabilities and it was due to their efforts that India enacted necessary legislation. The change since then has been positive. “State governments are now forced to adopt policies that benefit the differently-abled. Governments are providing aid and our visibility has increased. Earlier, we were under one government department; now all departments think of us,” she said.