articles by Srinidhi Raghavan

Lifestyle

With few avenues for support, people with disabilities navigate mental health toll of India's second COVID-19 wave

Disabled people who shared their experiences of COVID-19 spoke of the impact of isolation, the revisiting of the existing stereotypes of disabled people being “weak”, “burdens”, “only receivers of care”.

Lifestyle

India's second COVID-19 wave has made healthcare, ableist even pre-pandemic, harder for disabled people to access

As a system, even before the pandemic, disabled people have shared how ableism features in their interactions with the healthcare system. With COVID-19 in the mix and the lack of scientific information on how it would impact people with disabilities, it seems like a steep climb to recovery for many.

India

Disability and the education system: Despite legislation, individuals face discrimination and trauma, leading to drop outs

Even as recent as 2019, a UNESCO report showed that more than 75 percent of children with disabilities in India are not in schools.

Lifestyle

Thoughts on Crip Camp, and how spaces with disabled leadership can make one feel seen and heard

In a world that is overwhelmingly not designed for disabled, sick and chronically ill people, finding a space where you feel seen and heard is difficult and sometimes feels impossible.

Lifestyle

In discussing accessibility solely through the disability lens, we limit who benefits from access

What happens when we think of access, not as logistical but an act of making the space open for more people? What would we make possible by opening up how we perceived this act?

Lifestyle

To challenge ableism that manifests in social justice movements, intersectional understanding of disability is key

Disabled people exist in all our communities; and we must make room for them in conversations and decision-making positions. While ensuring this, it is also important to see if the disability rights movement represents the same diversity.

Lifestyle

Amid pain awareness month, reflections on the medicalisation of disability and the constant search for 'cures'

Year after year, we see a lot of money being pumped into the medical system to look for cures for various disabling conditions and lived experiences — much more money than what is being used to build a more accessible world.

Lifestyle

Amid reality of medical rationing, ableist bias against disabled people in accessing healthcare must be challenged

It is not a matter of coincidence that during medical emergencies, we see the system saving those who are 'most useful to society' while disabled people are pushed to the periphery.

Lifestyle

The value of 'crip time': Discarding notions of productivity and guilt, to listen to the rhythms of our bodies

Time as a concept is something I felt deeply conflicted about. Was I wasting time by staying in bed for so many hours? Discovering and reading more about ‘crip time’ has helped me navigate this grief a bit better | Srinidhi Raghavan writes in her column, 'Bodies Minds'

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In a world that often interprets 'care' as 'burden', interdependence should be valued beyond disabled community

To a large extent we find that non-disabled people view the entirety of the disabled experience through the lens of dependence. But was it possible to see disability beyond this lens of lack?

Lifestyle

For the disabled community, strained access to information and help in lockdown severely disrupts life

Being restricted to their homes is nothing new for the disabled community. So in many ways, the lockdown is not new for them. However, for those who do leave their homes, the battle to navigate society is an especially difficult one at present.

Opinion

World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'

World over, autistic people have challenged the normative idea of “lighting it up blue” with its harmful connotations, and sought a shift from ‘awareness’ to ‘acceptance’, celebrating April as #AutismAcceptanceMonth.

Life

'Faking well': Notes on navigating spaces, gatekeeping people with disabilities, and asking for help

Disabled people come in all shapes and sizes. Some of our disabilities are visible, some invisible. Some don’t deteriorate. Others fluctuate. Many disabilities — like psycho-social disabilities, chronic pain and fatigue — are increasingly being discussed in India. Still, I’ve learnt that asking for accommodations is among the hardest things to do, writes Srinidhi Raghavan

Life

Shaheen Bagh has shattered myth of oppressed Muslim woman who needs saving: Vasanth Kannabiran

Veteran feminist Vasanth Kannabiran traces the history of the women's movement in India through the history of her own life. Her book Taken At The Flood analyses and reflects on the victories achieved by the movement thus far, and the leaps and bounds that are yet to be travelled