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The Team

Rashmi Devaprasath

Founder and Managing Trustee

Rashmi has been working with children with special needs for a little over a decade. Her first exposure to special education came while pursuing her bachelor's degree in commerce. A friend's mother ran a school for children with special needs and Rashmi, as part of a college group, had the opportunity to sing for these children. Over time she got more involved and eventually joined this school as a teacher after completing her commerce degree and a diploma in special education. She spent 4 years there and very quickly came to love working with these children. She decided to follow this passion further and obtained a master's degree in autism from Strathclyde University, Scotland.

As a young mother, she now splits her time between raising her young daughter and following her passion for children with special needs. In addition to teaching in a school setting, Rashmi has worked with parents and families of children with special needs to help them adapt their home environment to best suit their child. In working with these parents, she realised that very often their ability to care for their child was hindered by lack of reliable information. She has been thinking about ways to address this problem for the last 7 years and hopes that the Special Sources Foundation will fill this void.

Advitya Thapa

Project and Operations Head

Advitya studied philosophy at Madras Christian College, followed by counselling psychology at the Madras School of Social Work. Over the last decade, he has worked extensively along with numerous grass root and international organisations. His work has mainly been focused on areas such as HIV prevention and care, refugee rehabilitation, income generation among the marginalized and education among the economically vulnerable.

The hands-on nature of his work has helped him develop a good understanding of a wide range of social issues and the best ways in which they can be addressed. Assessing needs, developing plans, executing them, their monitoring and evaluation are his areas of expertise. He brings these skills and rich experience to the Special Sources Foundation, and aims at making it the best resources service for people living with special needs and their care givers.