Research Publications and Presentations

1. Krishna, D., Krishnamurthy, S., Kalyanasundram S. A Unique Smart Village for People with Different Abilities.. Smart Villages. Bridging the Global Urban-Rural Divide. Edited by Lakshmanan, VI, et. al. Springers, 2021. Pages 401-424(2021).

2. Krishna D, Mutthukarrupan S, Bharathwaj A,  Ponnusamy R, Srinivasan, S, et al.  Rapid-cycle evaluation in an early intervention program for children in South India: optimizing service providers’ quality of work-life, family program engagement and school enrollment. Frontiers in Public Health(2020).

3. Muthukaruppan S, Cameron C, Campbell Z, Krishna D, Srinivasan, S,  et al.. Impact of a family-centred early intervention programme in South India on caregivers of children with developmental delays. Disability and Rehabilitation. (2020).

4. Hunt M, Ponnusamy R, Goulet A, Anthonypillai C, Krishna D. An integrated knowledge translation project to develop, implement, and evaluate a train-the-trainer program at a community rehabilitation program in Tamil Nadu, India. Disability and Rehabilitation. (2020).

5.Storr, C., MacLachlan, J., Krishna, D., Ponnusamy, et al. Building Sustainable Fieldwork Partnerships between Canada and India: Finding common goals through evaluation. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, . (2018) 2056-6077.

6.Abdulrahman, J. (2016). A fieldwork placement at Amar Seva Sangam: A “just-right” experience in community-based program development. Occupational Therapy Now, 18(4), 19-21.

List of Presentations

  1. A knowledge translation project to develop, implement and evaluate a tailored rehabilitation train the train program at Amar Seva Sangam, Tamil Nadu, India. Poster Presented at the International Conference Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation 2021, Montreal, Canada. June 14, 15. Presented by: Ramasubramanian Ponnusamy, Chamila Anthonypillai and Anik Goulet.
  2. Enabling Inclusion – A Novel Approach in Early Intervention. Plenary Session Presented at Indo-Canadian Conference on Disability Rights and Rehabilitation. Manipal Academy of Higher Education. March 11, 2021. Presented by: Mr.Sankar Sahayraj.
  3. Enabling Local Provision of Assistive Technology; A Survey of needs, Barriers and Facilitators. Poster Presented at Indo-Canadian Conference on Disability Rights and Rehabilitation. Manipal Academy of Higher Education. March 11, 2021. Presented by: Ms.Marie Brien.
  4. Integrating the ICF, Family Centered care and Community based rehabilitation in rural South India: The Enabling Inclusion App & Model.”  Poster Presented at Indo-Canadian Conference on Disability Rights and Rehabilitation. Manipal Academy of Higher Education. March 12, 2021. Presented by: Ms.Marie Brien.
  5. Parent Whatsapp groups connect families in a community based program in rural South India: A pilot Study”. Poster Presented at Indo-Canadian Conference on Disability Rights and Rehabilitation. Manipal Academy of Higher Education. March 12, 2021. Presented by: Ms.Navamani Venkatachalapathy.
  6. Gaps in Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Development. Presented at State Development Policy Council Webinar, October 2020. Presented by: Mr. Sankara Raman.
  7. Early Intervention Therapy for Children with Delayed Development: Enabling Access in India in Rural Communities. Presented at Saving Brains Transition-to-Scale Innovator Workshop, June 2020. Presented by: Mr. Sankara Raman.
  8. Gross Motor Development Trajectories in Children with Cerebral Palsy in a Village -Based Early Intervention Program in Rural South India. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Marie Brien.
  9. Functional Independence Outcomes of Children in an Early Intervention Program in Rural South India. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Marie Brien.
  10. A Family-Centred Early Intervention Model Using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Janna MacLachlan.
  11. Understanding barriers and facilitators to program engagement as a means of program improvement. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Aravind Bharathwaj.
  12. Cost-Benefit Analysis & methodology in Early Intervention Therapy for Children with Delayed Development: Enabling Access in India’s Rural Communities. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Rajeshwaran Senthilnathan.
  13. Community Based Rehabilitation: An Assessment of Community Based Rehabilitation Workers’ and Trainers’ Perception of the Training Experience in Rural South India. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Ramasubramaniyan Ponnusamy.
  14. School Enrollment among Children with Disabilities in Rural South India. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Bala Murugan.
  15. The Effectiveness of Home-Based Early Intervention Therapy Among Boys and Girls with Cognitive Delay in Rural South India. Paper presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Sathiya mariappan.
  16. Case Identification and Prevalence of Developmental Delay Among Children Under 6 In Rural Tamil Nadu: A Cross-Sectional Study. Poster presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.Ramasubramaniyan Ponnusamy.
  17. Inclusion in School and Community: Intervention Based On The ICF Framework. Poster presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Navamani.
  18. Medical Camps Bring Health Care Services to Children in an Early Intervention Program in Rural South India. Poster presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Mr.CelinKumar Aruljeyapaum.
  19. A Parent Empowerment and Knowledge Translation Program Supports Caregivers in an Early Intervention Program in Rural South India. Poster presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Vasanthi Arumugasamy.
  20. Community Awareness Programs: An Essential Component of a Village-Based Intervention Program in Rural South India. Poster presented at: International Conference on Early Intervention, conducted by ASSA on Feb 14, 2020 at Chennai. Presented by: Ms.Susai Mahimai Jansi.
  21. Zoé Campbell (Handi-Care Intl | Kenora, Ontario), Janna MacLachlan University of Toronto, Tanya Elizabeth Benjamin-Thomas University of Western Ontario, Aravind Bharathwaj Amar Seva Sangam, Dinesh Krishna Handi-Care Intl, Sathiya Mariappan Amar Seva Sangam, Sankar Sahayaraj Muthukaruppan Amar Seva Sangam, Ramasubramanian Ponnusamy Amar Seva Sangam, Bala Murugan Poomariappan Amar Seva Sangam. The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in India: A critical exploration. Paper presented at the 2020 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Vancouver, BC.
  22. mVBR-EI Impact Transfer Model. Presented at Planning Commission Conference, Nov 2019. Presented by: Mr. Sankara Raman.
  23. The effectiveness of Community Rehabilitation Worker Case Identification and Prevalence of Developmental Delay among Children under 6 in rural Tamil Nadu: A cross-sectional study was presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress Nov.2018. Presented by: Mr.Ramasubramaniyan Ponnusamy (see page 23).
  24. Early Intervention Program for Childhood with Developmental Delays. Presented at Sakasham National Conference, Sep 2018. Jaipur, India. Presented by: Mr. Sankara Raman.
  25. Capturing service users’ goals in an early intervention program in south India presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2018.
  26. Early Intervention Therapy for Children with Delayed Development in Rural India. Presented at: Canada India Health Care Summit – Distant and Rural Care Session, March 30, – 31 2017. New Delhi, India. Presented by: Mr. Sankara Raman
  27. Digital Health Solutions for Children With Developmental Delays. Presented at: National Physiotherapy Conference, Physio Bliss 2017. June 15 – 16, 2017 Coimbatore, India. Presented by: Mr.Sankar Sahayraj.
  28. Evaluating an Early Intervention Program in Rural India. Authors: Zoe Campbell, Sankar Sahayraj, Dinesh Krishna, Sankara Raman Srinivasan, Ramasubramanian Ponnusamy. Presented at: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference, June 20 – 24, 2017. Charlottetown, PEI. Poster Presentation
  29. Mobile Phone Facilitated Speech Therapy. Presented at: Workshop on Cross-Sectional Scheme in Education, Health, Employment and Rural Development. March 2017. Keynote Presentation: Ms.Bhuvan, Speech Therapist
  30. Mobile Technology Used In Early Intervention Mobile Phone Facilitated Speech Therapy. Presented at: Workshop on Cross-Sectional Scheme in Education, Health, Employment and Rural Development. March 2017. Madurai. Presented by: Mr.Sankar Sahayaraj and Mr.Ramasubramanian Ponnusamy
  31. Storr, C., MacLachlan, J., & Ponnusamy, R. (2018, June). An evaluation employing ethical guidelines: Building sustainable international fieldwork partnerships. Paper presented at the 2018 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Vancouver, BC.
  32. Storr, C., MacLachlan, J., & Ponnusamy, R. (2018, May). Building sustainable fieldwork partnerships between Canada and India: Implementing common goals identified by an evaluation employing the Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT) guidelines. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2018, Cape Town, South Africa.
  33. Ponnusamy, R., Stevenot, J., Mikalson, K., Van Oort, C., & MacLachlan, J. (2017, November). Collaborative development of a group intervention to address mental health in clients with spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference 2017, New Delhi, India.
  34. MacLachlan, J., Krishna, D., McLaughlin, K., & Ponnusamy, R. (2016, April). Building occupational therapy service capacity in an international low-resource setting. Poster presented at the 2016 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Banff, AB.
  35. Krishna, D., McLaughlin, K., MacLachlan, J., & Ponnusamy, R. (2016, March). Building occupational therapy service capacity in an international low-resource setting. Paper presented at the 2016 McGill Global Health Conference, Montreal, QC.

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