Dr. Anita Sharma is determined to teach driving to people with disabilities and aged people, through"On My Own" which is her initiative. As a person who is living with disabilities, she knows how important its for people with disabilities to be confident and feel empowered.
Sharma became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 6-years-old, due to a polio attack, Jaipur-based Dr. AnitaSharma had never let her disability to become an issue in her life ambitions.
From the Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM-I) Anitha had done a Ph.D. in Disability and Entrepreneurship, In 2001, she started driving a retrofitted vehicle.
According to Anita, Before when she didn't know how to driving she had to be dependent on her parents and because of her their most time used to go with her instead of that they could finish so many other works. But later on, when started driving she left like she had wings and could go anywhere.
At the start, when Anita just started driving there were many people at the IMM-I who used to stare at her and ask her various questions, that how she came to know that how hard thing is for people with disabilities.
Later on, when shifted to Chandigarh, one friend of hers who is living with disabilities asked out Sharma to teach her how to drive, And this was the start later on many more people with disabilities came to her for driving lessons.
Among all the people with disabilities, there was someone who touched Anita's heart, Rahul who was 24-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down. Rahul had to be dependent because the town where he used to live was a little far from Amritsar where there were no traveling services like OLA or Uber.
On the weekends, Anita used to visit him and teach him how to drive.after quitting her job at the IMM and later she started her initiative On My Own in Amritsar by getting motivated by different stories like Rahul's.
While she was teaching Rahul how to drive, she came to know the specific needs of people with disabilities very closely, "I started going to the Chandigarh Spinal Rehabilitation Centre and found that there were many people who had been disabled later in life and were skeptical of driving again. Many people didn't have the confidence they could drive at all".
For further life, Dr. Anita Sharma has more plans like she wants to launch a designing car which will be accessible for wheelchair users.
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