After a life she describes filled with a “tankload of trauma,” Suswati Basu exceeded all expectations. She became a journalist. Later, an intelligence officer, and a fierce victim’s advocate.

But then, her mental health took a turn.  Years after that, she became physically disabled.

You will learn:
*The  wildly different responses support systems too often afford those experiencing mental and physical disabilities.
* The social model of disabilities and the role of recovery colleges.
*How the myth of the inspirational disabled person is another form of discrimination.


Suswati Basu is the winner of the Emma Humphries Memorial Prize in 2007, shortlisted for the Guardian Mary Stott Prize in the same year, and longlisted for the Guardian International Development Journalism Award. She has worked in China, India, and the UK and currently writes on a freelance basis. As a result, she speaks multiple languages including Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and Bengali. Suswati has also appeared on BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray as well as BBC News, speaking in regard to feminist issues.
Her podcast How to Be is available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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