Karthik grew up in an orphanage along-side intellectually and physically disabled children. After earning a Ph.D in psychology and witnessing how disabled people in India are denied opportunities for growth, education, employment, independence and respect, Karthik knew he needed to do something. He arrived at kanthari saddened and disturbed by their fate, but motivated to learn how to enhance their lives. Following his kanthari training, Karthik founded Sristi Village whose mission is to provide the disabled with education and opportunity and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect. Upon completion, Sristi Village will include eco friendly housing for all residents, a school for disabled children, a vocational training center and a self sustaining organic farm. Sristi’s vocational training center is already succeeding in training and empowering the disabled to lead independent and productive lives by providing meaningful employment opportunities. Disabled students are learning to make woven mats, candles, incense sticks, and paper products. By creating the physical space for disabled and non-disabled to live, learn and work side-by-side, Sristi is bringing together students, teachers, therapists, engineers, architects and experts in organic farming and energy efficient construction. It is Karthik’s hope that Sristi will soon be able to welcome researchers to study his novel concept and that it will serve as a model for future communities in India and all over the world.