I am an Adapted Physical Activity professional from Denton, Texas. I have a Bachelors in Physiotherapy degree from India. Always having cherished the dream of serving individuals with disabilities (IWD), my search for higher education opportunities in disability sports brought me to the United States in 2012. Since then I have obtained a Masters degree in Adapted Physical Activity and am currently working on a Doctoral degree in Adapted Physical Education while minoring in Educational Leadership and Sport Management. The exposure to services that are provided to IWD in the United States is a major inspiration behind my interest to take Adapted Physical Education into schools and communities of developing countries.
I am actively engaged in contributing to the #AdaptedSportsIndia movement. My life goal is to guide India out of its current Paralympic movement crisis and create world class training opportunities for Indian Paralympic athletes through athlete empowerment programs.
When I am not at school or volunteering, I enjoy photo blogging and writing about life experiences at Jussri.com. I am a firm believer in humanism that transcends the 3Rs: religion, region and race, and draw inspiration from the nature around me.
Some #hashtags I commonly use for social media based advocacy are
#AdaptedSportsIndia #IndianParalympics #BeautifulAmericans #IndiaStories #IndianWomeninSports
I was born Padmini Chennapragada to Kanaka Sundaram Chennapragada and Seeta Sundaram. Added ‘Sri’ from my grandfather’s name to become SriPadmini Chennapragada. Friends and colleagues in the United States call me ‘Sri’ but I prefer to go by Padmini :)