Founder-Director at ICanFlyy (An Institute for Special Needs), Minu Budhia is a psychotherapist and counsellor by profession. She is also Founder-Director of Caring Minds (A Super-Speciality Mental Health Clinic), the Founder of Café ICanFlyy (A Café with a Cause), and Director at Patton Group.
She believes special needs individuals deserve a place in society where they can avail education and training without being held back for who they are. This is the thought that inspired the birth of ICanFlyy. Minu’s struggles to ensure that her younger daughter Prachi, a special child, led an active, happy life outside her home showed her the reality most special needs individuals and their families face. Whether it was related to education, co-curricular activities, or hobby classes, Minu had to surmount obstacles at every corner. That is when she decided to create an encouraging, supportive and safe environment where special needs children, teenagers, and adults can bloom at their own pace.
Minu has earned a Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Skills from British Psychological Society (London, UK) and a Certificate on Child Brain Development Course from Philadelphia, USA. She has presented research papers titled ICanFlyy: Enabling the Able – a Case Study, The effect of Psychopathology on Intellectual Performance amongst ADHD Boys and Non-Clinical Control group, and Pre and Post Intervention Analysis of Children with low IQ and ADHD. She is also a former psychotherapist & counsellor at Belle Vue Clinic, St. Xavier’s College and JD Birla Business College.
A member of the Indian Psychiatric Society and an Executive Committee Member of Vidya Mandir Society (Kolkata), Minu has been felicitated with a number of awards, such as The Telegraph SHE Award (Social Work), the Times Power Women Award (Psychotherapy & Counselling), the CMA Award (Public Service), and the Bharat Nirman Award for her invaluable contribution in the field of mental health and special needs education.
Petite powerhouse, popular columnist, and contributor to many leading English dailies, Minu is also a TEDx speaker. In 2018 she penned a short essay titled ‘Death of a Caterpillar’ about her journey as a special needs mom and her battle with depression. The overwhelming response to it has inspired her to start writing her first memoir. Her professional experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor lends a unique perspective, peppering the chapters with anecdotes & easily applicable self-help tips that will also make this memoir a survival guide for parents.
An inspiration to many and a woman of purpose, every single day she plays a hands-on role across all her social impact initiatives. She is involved in every step of the way to ensure the execution of her vision – from strategy to operations she does it all.
A staunch believer in ‘happiness is an inside job’ and a fitness enthusiast, her advice to those who want to make a positive impact is not to sit around and wait for the light bulb to switch on one fine day. Her mantra? “Don’t just imagine it. Do it.”