Swarnalatha J

Favorite Quote:

“I’m not just Special; I’m Limited Edition”

Swarnlatha Picks:

When Breath becomes Air – Dr. Paul Kalanithi
Many lives, Many Masters – Dr. Brian Weiss
Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
A Tiger for Malgudi – R K Narayan

Founder; Managing Trustee, Swarga Foundation

Post Graduate in Hindi Literature | Diploma in Computer Science

Swarnalatha J is the Founder & Managing Trustee of Swarga Foundation. She’s affected with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis since 2009. She holds a Diploma in Computer Science and is a post graduate in Hindi Literature. She is multi-talented and has won many awards for her work as adisability rights activist, notedly the ‘Bharat Prerna’ Award, and ‘ThangaTharagai’ awards. She is also

1st Runner up at the Mrs. India Beauty Pageant, South held at Goa in May 2018. Swarnalatha is a Tedx Speaker, motivational speaker, singer, writer and photographer and a mother of two. She was born and raised in Bangalore and has 12 years of work experience with Corporates like Mitsubishi,ITC, AXA and Audi.

In 2009, Swarnalatha was a 29-year-old managerial executive at an MNC in Bengaluru who thought that her life was heading exactly the way she had planned was suddenly diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis [MS]. Everything changed as if falling into a deep pit with no bottom in sight. The complete loss of mobility and the inability to independently manage activities of daily living shattered all of Swarnalatha’s personal and professional aspirations. Hospitalization had become imperative and along with that depression and dejection set in. As she started to cope with MS and accompanying issues, she also realized that she could fight back. The significant losses on the personal and professional sides led to a discovery that she could still do a lot of things and make a difference in others’ lives. In October 2014, after giving birth to a beautiful daughter, Gaana and moving to Coimbatore, Swarnalatha and her husband, Guruprasad started a charitable trust named “Swarga Foundation” to help improve the lives of those afflicted with MS and other neuromuscular disorders. She has impacted millions of lives worldwide through her work.

Her Professional Accomplishments:

a) Launched ‘SARATHI’ – Tamilnadu’s first wheelchair accessible transportation service.
b) Started Sowkhya Physiotherapy Centre to provide physiotherapy services for free to all the beneficiaries catering at least 20 patients per day.
c) Launched 4 editions of I’m Special Calendars 2016-2019 featuring differently-abled achievers from across India.
d) Made Police Commissioner’s Office and Railways Station, ten government schools in Coimbatore completely wheelchair accessible.
e) Providing free lifetime training for Air Rifle Shooting and Pistol Shooting for people with disabilities.
f) Providing financial assistance to Patients for medicines, hospitalisation, mobility aids, education, physiotherapy, etc.
g) Launched awareness videos on Disability & Inclusion, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s disease.
h) Nominated by Ministry of Railways as DRUCC member of Salem Division for the period 01.10.2017 to 30.09.2019.
i) Counselling/motivating patients and caregivers to lead a meaningful life.

Why Swarnlatha J?

Swarnalatha’s speeches are intended to create a long-lasting and positive impact on the listeners and encourage them to maximise their potential to live fulfilling lives. Her speeches are sincere and motivate those facing hardships and adversities to continue to pursue their dreams. Swarnalatha faced hardships and insecurities while growing up. Those experiences along with all the challenges from her disability are portrayed to show that life is still worth living despite everything. She makes her speeches interesting by including videos and presentations from her personal and professional life. Being multi-linguistic in 6 languages, she is able to instantly connect with and captivate any audience. She believes that differently-abled individuals are not just special, but “Limited Edition” and emphasises that belief in all her speeches.

She has delivered more than 200 motivational talks across India to a wide range of audiences that include professionals at TEDX CIRS, TEDX Youth Saravanampatti, TEDX SKCT, IBM, Rakuten, Vodafone, Cognizant, Airport Authority of India, Food Corporation of India, India Inclusion Summit (IIS), etc., and physicians, engineers, policymakers, school and college students, Rotary/Rotaract Clubs, JCI, and other public forums. She has also been a moderator and panellist at various International panel discussions. She can deliver talks in five languages, English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

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