Vibhu Sharma: Party for PYD 2018 Honoree

Vibhu speaking in front of a group circle

At our annual Party for PYD on May 10th, 2018 we are honoring four amazing individuals/groups. The first honoree we’d like to introduce is Vibhu Sharma, Co-Chair of the Leadership & Mentoring Taskforce of UNICEF’s Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities & Youth Disability Rights Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network.

Vibhu, born and raised in Delhi, India, is currently a Masters student of Inclusive Education at the University of Edinburgh. And she has a Bachelors in English Literature.

Years ago, when she first listened to others with visual impairment discuss their experiences and challenges with education, accessibility and inclusion, she knew she just had to work with them. Specifically, children who are blind or visually impaired. She is most dedicated to equal opportunity and peer inclusion.

Vibhu has a lot of energy and found her voice from an early age. She’s the first student in India to have taken her board exams in an inclusive way through a screen reader. What’s more, she persuaded the Central Board of Secondary Education to provide all students who are visually impaired with exam questions in an accessible format.

Regarding mentoring, Vibhu shared: “proper mentoring enables youth with visual impairments to become aware of what options exist for them, and how best can they achieve in life. It also helps them develop their potential.”

We are excited to highlight Vibhu’s courage as an example for our mentees, mentors and the entire community, locally and globally!

Come celebrate Vibhu and our other honorees at the Party for PYD, May 10th!

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