OUR STORY

WeEMBRACE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and was founded in 2018 with the belief that every individual regardless of their abilities, has a right to equal opportunity, access, and inclusion in mainstream society to be able to realize their maximum potential. Although we started off as a support system for families with children and adults with special needs, we have grown to become so much more.

 

Many families tend to live in isolation after receiving their child's diagnosis. However, this tends to hurt the child more than the family by taking away their opportunities to interact with their community. Our goal is to create such opportunities and thereby advance and promote the inclusion of individuals with different abilities. We wish to see community inclusion in areas such as employment, education, housing, recreation, leisure, and many more.

MEET THE TEAM

Meena Kalyanasundaram and Som Sundararajan

Cofounders; President and Secretary

 

Meena and Som are the parents of Athish, a young adult with Cerebral Palsy and developmental disabilities. Meena holds an MBA and a MS in Special Education. She currently has her own private practice working with kids diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders. Som is currently the Director for Cloud Operations at Oracle Inc, and has provided resources an assistance to the parents of children with different abilities through seminars and workshops. 

Together, they are responsible for organizational outreach, and most importantly, heading the vision and future direction of our organization.

Contact Info: meena@weembrace.org

Abishek Chittathoor

Director of Operations and Volunteer Coordinator

 

Abishek has been dedicated to helping individuals with different abilities his entire life. He graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a BS in Neuroscience while completing a minor in Disability Studies. He is currently working as a Behavior Technician. At WeEMBRACE, he is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations, website development, grant writing, organizing seminars and workshops, and coordinating our volunteers. 

Contact Info: abishek@weembrace.org

Recreational Events Coordinator Akila Dharmalingam

Akila Dharmalingam

Recreational Events Coordinator

 

Akila believes that a person can grow and succeed only if they are loved and appreciated as they are now rather than what they could’ve or will be. The more involved and integrated individuals with different abilities are in their community, the more opportunities other people get to understand and appreciate gifted individuals. She is responsible for organizing get togethers and activities for children and adults with different abilities along with their families to socialize and interact with each other.

Amita Satish

Virtual Events and Programs Coordinator

 

Amita Satish is a rising high school senior with a passion for helping individuals with different abilities and making her community a better place. She is responsible for organizing and editing all the Embrace Stars talent show episodes, coordinating the virtual events and programs, and managing the back-end operations. She is also one of the major contributors for designing the website. 


Contact Info: amita@weembrace.org

Nithya Ramachandran

Social Events Coordinator

 

Nithya has a MS in Computer Application, and has worked at various companies for several years. Currently, she is homeschooling her child while helping coordinate WeEMBRACE’s classes and events. She is responsible for our Art Programs and Social events. Her goal is to give back to the community by strengthening WeEmbrace’s role as a support system for families in need.

Sameera Siddiqi

Head of Vocational Programs

 

Sameera Siddiqi has an MBA in finance and 15 years of management experience at multiple multinational banks in Dubai. After moving to the United States, she ventured into special education to help both her own child and other children and young adults with special needs. Sameera currently works at her local school district and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Special Education. At WeEMBRACE, she is responsible for helping young adults with different abilities develop the vocational skills they require to start a business and attain employment.