Dr. Sudha Kaul is Founder, Trustee and Vice Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), Kolkata. In April 2010, Dr Kaul received the Padmashree award from the President of India.
In 1974, there were no schools for children with cerebral palsy and special needs in Eastern India. Dr. Sudha Kaul set up the first school, then known as the West Bengal Spastics Society (WBSS), in Kolkata, in April 1974. She had the staunch support of her husband, Om, since both had an intrinsic belief in all children’s ability to learn, including their own son Arjun who was diagnosed as a child with “CP with multiple disabilities.” In 2004, IICP (as it was now called), won the National Award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, for the Best Disability NGO.
Dr. Kaul has a PhD in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has authored several books on AAC and presented papers on it in many national and international conferences. From January 2007 to December 2009, she was appointed President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), an international society for persons with complex communication needs. ISAAC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Dr Kaul is a Fellow of ISAAC, and a recipient of several national and international awards.