Who We Are
Founder and Managing Trustee
Nilam Patel, a Special Educator and Speech and Hearing Specialist by profession, has been working with handicap children since last 40 years. She is known widely for her specialization in training young deaf babies and mainstreaming them in to inclusive educational setup. Many children trained by her are today well placed in their professional and personal lives. While she was engaged professionally, she was equally involved in rendering her free services to the community through camps, workshops, seminars and so on.
In 1986, she was sponsored by British Commonwealth Foundation to attend First Asian Pacific Conference on Deafness in Hong Kong. She presented a research paper on ‘Language and Speech Acquisition in Hearing Impaired Children as a result of Early Intervention’.
In 1990, she was awarded full scholarship by Rotary International to study in USA. She received a degree ‘MS in Speech & Hearing’ from Central Institute for the Deaf, Washington University, St. Louise, Missouri. On her return to India, she continued working with the hearing impaired children and their mothers.
On her 50th birthday, 2nd November 1993, she founded Nilam Patel Bahushrut Foundation, to give a thrust to her strong belief in inclusive education. In her endeavor to serve the community and manage the foundation in a professional manner, she took up a two-year diploma course in NGO Management at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai in 2004. Equipped with certificate in NGO Management in 2006, she was all set to serve this population even better through her foundation.
When she shifted to Vadodara, Gujarat in 2006, she joined Shroffs Foundation Trust, an NGO, as a Documentation Consultant and worked there till 2012. At present, besides managing Bahushrut Foundation, she is also involved with many other organizations in honorary capacity.