An educationist, social worker, rehabilitation professional and sports woman, Dr. Uma Tuli has a multifaceted personality. 

She was the first non-bureaucrat appointed by the Government of India as Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities. Among the several key positions that Dr. Uma Tuli has held include Chairperson - Education Commission, Rehabilitation International, USA till 2012 and presently National Secretary in India, Executive Member of International Abilympics Federation, Member – Advisory Board -Voice and Vision, National Resource and Training Centre for Children with Visual and Multiple Disabilities, including Deafblindness Mumbai, Member - Core Advisory Group on disability, National Human Rights Commission, and several other Committees of Govt. of India.


Her contribution in the Disability sector has earned her several accolades. The most significant of them are Padma Shri for Social Work, Manav Seva Award, Helen Keller Award, UN-ESCAP Award for Pioneering Achievement, Hong Kong Foundation Award, Nehru Smriti Award and President's Gold Medal for distinctive services in Home Guards, Jhunjhunwala Award, the special recognition by the Michigan Berkeley City and the Women Achievers award instituted by the consortium of women entrepreneurs, Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award, Presidential Plaque for Exemplary Service by Rehabilitation International and Kelvinator Gr8! Women Award for Education. Dr. Tuli was also awarded the Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from Roehampton University, London in recognition of her exemplary contribution to inclusivity.


She is a member of the General Body of the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), Advisory Board of Gyanshree School (under the aegis of Haldiram Educational Society) and Advisory Board of ITM Global School, Gwalior as well as on the Managing Committee of several DPS schools.


As the Founder and Managing Secretary of Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, it has been Dr. Tuli’s efforts that have led Amar Jyoti to take the pioneering concept of inclusive education, integrated sports and cultural activities to new heights. Under her leadership Amar Jyoti has gone from strength to strength including created a historic ‘first’ by participating in Republic Day Parade in 1995, introducing Abilympics in India and receiving several national and international awards and recognition. It was her perseverance and hard work that India could play host to the 6th International Abilympics in New Delhi in November 2003.  


Dr. Tuli has played an important role in the drafting of the 1995 Persons with Disability Act in India. She has presented several papers in National and International Conferences and also authored and co-authored several books, including “The Spirit Triumphs”,  “Better Care of Children with Locomotor Disability” and contributed towards ‘Seen, but not Heard’.


Dr. Tuli desires to accomplish her mission of an India, which places its citizens with disability on the same platform as a non-disabled citizen.