Changemakersaathi माँ: Indrani Basu

Indrani Basu is the Head of Parent Empowerment and Trainings and a governing body member at Action For Autism, New Delhi, India.  She is a certified special educator with a specialization in autism, Indrani has over two decades of experience in working with autistic individuals across ages and abilities.

Indrani mentors and trains families, special educators, school teachers, carries out training workshops and sensitization programs for parents and educators, in schools, for corporates and with civic bodies. She has played a key role in setting up autism specific services in various cities in India. She has also developed and authored resource material for parents and professionals in this sector. Indrani is also a parent to an adult autistic son.

Indrani Basu’s story is one of dedication, passion, and perseverance in advocating for individuals with autism and their families in India. For over two decades, Indrani has been working with autistic individuals of all ages and abilities, and her expertise and commitment have made a significant impact in the field of autism intervention and support.

Indrani’s journey began when she became a parent to a son with Autism, who is now an adult. Her personal experience of navigating the challenges of raising a child with autism gave her a unique perspective and deep empathy for families dealing with similar challenges. She decided to devote her life to helping other families who were struggling with the same issues.

Indrani’s work at Action for Autism (AFA) in New Delhi, India, has been instrumental in raising awareness and understanding of autism in India. As the Head of Parent Empowerment and Trainings, Indrani has been mentoring and training families, special educators, school teachers, and conducting training workshops and sensitization programs for parents and educators in schools, corporates, and civic bodies. Her training programs have helped countless families and educators to understand autism better and provide effective support to individuals with autism.

Indrani’s role in setting up autism-specific services in various cities in India has been critical in bridging the gap in autism services and support. Her expertise in developing and authoring resource material for parents and professionals in the field of autism has been invaluable in educating families and professionals on the best practices for supporting individuals with autism.

Indrani’s dedication and passion have made her a prominent voice in the autism community in India. She has recieved number of accolades and had been recognized and honored for her work from time to time.

Through her tireless efforts, Indrani has brought about positive changes in the lives of individuals with autism and their families in India. Her story is an inspiration to all those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Specialsaathi is privileged to feature Indrani Basu as a ChangemakerSaathi माँ, for the month of May.

Let’s hear Indrani’s story in her own words. Presenting an exclusive candid conversation of Indrani Basu with Triveni Goswami Vernal.

Author Shilpi Mayank Awasthi


Creative representation for this changemakersaathi story is done by our extremely talented CreativeSaathi associate Morpheus Nag

By Shilpi Mayank Awasthi


2 replies on “Changemakersaathi माँ: Indrani Basu”

So good to see you Indrani Ma’am after two decades 😊… You are still the same energetic, enthusiastic and empowered Indrani Basu… God bless and more power to you…

It was such a joy to speak to you, Triveni and meet with Shilpi and Yuvaan. Thank you so much for this.
A critical thing that I feel I MUST mention in our ‘to dos’…I tend to at times take this as a given, but thought that it may help to mention this specifically ….so am taking the liberty of adding on…
A ‘must do’ for all of us, as parents, educators, policy makers, general society…. is to listen to those who share their lived experiences, the self advocate!. No can help us better understand and appreciate the autistic way of being than self advocates! Listen to them! Learn from their experiences! And then use that understanding and learning to support the autistic community in a more effective manner. That also includes listening to our own children…understand what they are trying to say through their words and/ or through their actions…and respecting that communication! Wishing all of you, parents, a glorious, happy journey with your children…

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