Born and raised in the South Indian city of Hyderabad, Padmini Chennapragada holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Adapted Physical Education and Master of Science (M.S.) in Adapted Physical Activity from Texas Woman’s University, USA. She is also a trained Physiotherapist (Hyderabad, INDIA). She has created and leads the AdaptedSportsIndia movement in India. Started as a social media campaign, today, the initiative is a community driven effort that is encouraging and educating Indians with disabilities to use sports as a tool for development to improve the quality of their lives.
She currently serves as a Lead for Programs & Partnerships for the The Spinal Foundation, India. In this role, she helps develop partnerships at the community level across India while also guiding program development for Indians living with spinal cord injury.
Her independent work is focused on Sport Governance within India’s disability sport federations and Physical Education in schools for children with disabilities in India. Through a rights-based approach, Padmini writes about the governance issues within India’s disability sport world.