Persons With Disability

Vardaan Initiative has been working towards empowering disabled & underprivileged people in India. Vardaan strives for building an inclusive society which is free from discrimination and inequity, through initiatives and projects aimed to serve the society. Vardaan is dedicated to assist persons with all types of disabilities to achieve their maximum level of sustainable independence as contributing, responsible and equal participants in society.


Vardaan Initiative for PWD


  • Skills Development for Persons with Disabilities  

  • Customized One-to-One Career Counselling & Mentoring Sessions

  • Community Meetups & Support Group Network for PWD

  • Support in Setting Up Your Own Business / Work from Home Opportunities

  • Funding & Investment Support for PWD

be a part of our journey 

Vardaan takes pleasure in providing volunteer opportunities to people across the country, firms, and individuals to apply their skills in an environment where differences are met with an open heart. Vardaan firmly believes in the philosophy of volunteering, which forms the operational core of the organization, making each volunteer a catalyst in altering the life of the disabled. Volunteering opportunities include:


  • Tutoring students in Arts, Culture, Sports and Computer Training

  • Soft skills and spoken English training

  • Scribe support to visually impaired students

  • Sign language support for deaf students

  • Screen readers and caption support in computers for accessibility to deaf and blind people

  • Counselling

  • Converting text books to accessible formats – braille printing and talking books for the blind

  • Braille keyboards for visually imparied

  • Participating in awareness campaigns

  • Assistance with venues for conducting sports events

  • Hosting cultural performances in India and abroad

  • Job placement support

  • Promotions and Fund raising

our consultant: Ms. sharmila divatia

Though I was born in New Delhi and spent my initial childhood years there, I was raised in Baroda, Gujarat from the age of 5. My education and my spine of steel were groomed here in Gujarat. I am a disabled person. Having contracted and overcoming encephalitis as a child, I have residual effects of the disease – I have a spastic left hand and a speech impairment – though these do not hinder me in my daily living. I have traveled the globe alone for the past 40 years of my education and career. I have chosen to work in the field of disability apart from my demanding day job, and now that I have taken time to set up my own work, I wish to devote some of my time to this passion.


Professional experience of more than 29 years in Information Technology Industry


  • DDE ORG Systems Ltd. Baroda [7+ years] – Sr. Engineer [1989-1996]

  • Silverline Technologies Ltd. Mumbai [7+ years] – Sr. Systems Analyst [1996-2003]

  • IT Services Division of Aegis Ltd., a part of the Essar Group, based out of Mumbai [12 years] – AVP –Quality             [2003-2015, joined as Manager – Quality]

  • Chief Mentor and Partner, Bringle Excellence LLP based in Thane, Maharashtra since September 2017

  • Linkedin profile:


Positions & Awards


  • Visiting faculty at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech & Hearing Disabilities, Bandra West, Mumbai. Lectures on Accessibility and Universal Design for their Post Graduate (MA) course on Media and Disability Communication under the aegis of Mumbai University, since 2012-13.

  • Voice of Specially Abled Persons – VoSAP – Lead Vadodara Chapter

  • Abilympics – Abilities Olympics for the specially-abled - governing body member till September 2016

  • Served as Judge for the local, district, state, national and international events since November2000

  • Served as Member, Board of Directors of Association for Rehabilitation under National Trust Initiative of Marketing [National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities is under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India] from 2008 to 2011.

  • Served as Member, Board of Directors of National Trust for the welfare of people with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India April 2005 to March 2008.

  • Coordinate with a number of NGOs working in the disability sector across the country within and outside the boundaries of the organizations I serve. Innumerable people seek help through phone and email i.e Encephalitis Global, USA/Canada/UK: Ms. Ingrid Guerci

  • Member, Managing Committee, CSI (Computer Society of India) Vadodara Chapter and Life member Membership No. 00115996

  • Hon. Secretary, University Women’s Association, Vadodara for September 2017-20

  • President, SAKSHAM Club, Aegis Ltd. from 2010 to 2015

  • Member of Editorial board of Panorama, Aegis Ltd. internal magazine for 2014-15

  • Smt. Suniti Devi Singhania Award for Outstanding Disabled (Female) from NASEOH in 2008.


Contact us


We seek the assistance of all the enthusiastic volunteers & organisations to come forward, share our responsibilities and support in building an inclusive society. If you are a passionate volunteer, please come forward and lend a helping hand at Vardaan. Our beneficiaries would heartily welcome your presence and remember your help forever.


Phone – +91 8530386640

Email –