Juhi Ramani

Always Dream Big

The sister of an autistic sibling, Juhi vividly remembers the struggles the family went through. This prompted her to start her NGO, ‘I Support Foundation’, which works whole- heartedly towards a better future for autistic and underprivileged kids and adults. She has done laudable work in this field and won many awards.

Juhi believes that no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small. She is a young 27 year old social entrepreneur; she has done incredible work for underprivileged and special kids and adults in Bangalore and Lucknow.

Juhi was born and brought up in Rae Bareli, a small town in Uttar Pradesh. She was brought up by her mother single-handedly. Her 20 year old brother is autistic. Shivam was born a normal child, but at the age of 3, he suffered from typhoid and was struck by a rare but possible consequence of the infection which left him autistic and non-verbal.

Juhi’s family went through hardships in life where people were not aware about autism. Rather than ignoring the problem, she thought of working towards eradicating the same and work whole heartedly towards a better future for autistic and underprivileged kids and adults. She started a special school and NGO, ‘I Support Foundation’, which now has 100+ volunteers and has impacted thousands of life.

Her laudable work has been appreciated and recognised. She has received the Karmaveer Award, Global Fellow Award, Young Indian Youth Award, Bangalore Youth Award by 94.3FM, Social Achiever’s Award 2017, International Youth Award. Her work has been published in Economic Times, Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA and Deccan Herald. It has also received coverage in DD News.

I Support Foundation activities are as follows:
• Special School and Vocational Centre - She runs free schools for special kids and adults in Bangalore and Lucknow, which provide free education to 60+ kids.
• App - She created an app for autistic kids called ISF - Autism Care, which is live on playstore. The app, the first in India, has information on autism.
• Autism Fest and Open Street Event - Autism Fest and open street event is organised to involve autistic kids and let them enjoy on the streets along with their parents. This is the very first initiative in India for autistic kids and adults.
• Musical Tea Stall – She has started a tea stall on BTM footpath to spread word about Autism to the masses and raise funds through providing tea and snacks prepared by ISF team. The funds were used to open a school in Bangalore.
• Autism Friendly Restaurants - Autism Friendly restaurants in Lucknow and Bangalore have been established to make parents feel comfortable to take their kids out and dine together. She has trained staff to assist parents, provide them ground floor seating, activity kits to engage kids till the order is served.
• Blue Chef's - a baking unit provides employment opportunities for autistic kids. The kids and adults are taught to bake muffins, cakes, make chocolates with a home delivery option.

For the underprivileged kids:
• Free schooling in Lucknow. English and Computer sessions are conducted on each Saturday in government schools.
• Robotics sessions organised in government schools.
Career counselling and sports activities are provided in government schools.
• Safety, Awareness and Confrontation - Child Abuse - 6000 kids in Bangalore and Lucknow have been educated.

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