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Facilitating peer-to-peer support, providing resources, and connecting families.

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Upcoming Support Group sessions hosted by Ratna Malakapalli.


Ratna’s Background

Ratna Malakapalli (Project Sapna) Neurodivergent Student Academic & Behaviour support, Tutoring, Study skills, School homework support and Parent support group Ratna is Indian born, Minnesota resident of 32 years. She lives in the city of Minneapolis with her husband and together they enjoy walks around the lakes, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Ratna has an extensive experience of 20+ years serving in the fields of Special Education and Community based volunteering. She has RBT(2021-22) certification in Behavioral analysis and is MANDT and CPI certified. Her experience in working with neuro divergent students spans across all ages in school, home and clinic settings. She strongly believes that there is a human side to every education, and that it requires building strong relationships with the community to help discover and unleash one’s full potential. Following her own beliefs, she taught adult immigrants of various ethnic backgrounds at Minnesota Literacy Council and helped them achieve GED diplomas. She volunteered at Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development in India in the area of Special Education and also taught middle and high school Balavihar students at Chinmaya Mission Twin Cities. For adult support, she believes in using group conversations including Restorative practices, to help learn and grow together, build an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging, equity and inclusion. Ratna currently works at Lionsgate Academy, which was recognized as a model school in the PBS documentary film “Understanding Autism”, featured nationwide in April 2024.


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South Asian Persons of Neurodiverse  

Sapna, or ‘सपना’ in Hindi, means dream.

SEWA is hosting a space for peer-to-peer support where our South Asian families can connect and discuss their mutual needs & available support services for neurodiverse individuals.

We have a SAPNA podcast, SAPNA Dreamers, available here.

We want to bridge the gap and provide resources so we can help families realize and reach their goals.

SAPNA meets Fridays at 11:30am. Email for more info.

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