Dr. Maya Thomas, Consultant & Advisor on disability rehabilitation programmes. Editor-in Chief: Disability CBR and Inclusive Development (DCID), (Formerly Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal)


 DR. Maya Thomas is a Consultant who Plans and Develops Regional & Country programmes, and policies related to disability rehabilitation. She has undertaken more than 160 assignments over the last 25 years.


She is also the Editor-in Chief of 'Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development' (DCID), a journal of over 20 years standing, publishing articles on disability, CBR & rehabilitation, (formerly Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal). Currently this journal is in the process of being handed over to a well known University in the UK, due to the impending retirement of Dr Thomas from active work.


Dr Thomas is in the process of retiring from active consultancy services and plans to relocate in Portugal. She is currently exploring the possibility of working in one of the Schengen states in areas such as communications and publications related to the work of charities supporting disability rehabilitation, because of her vast experience in  disability rehabilitation and  experience of over last 3 decades as the founder editor of DCID.


Dr. Thomas is the founder Editor of DCID Journal;  and was a Member of the Editorial Committee for the World Disability Rehabilitation Report and Member of the Core Group to develop the CBR Guidelines, WHO, Geneva. She has over one hundred presentations, chapters and papers published  in international and Indian publications to her credit.


Prominent assignments


  • Lead Consultant to develop monitoring systems for a USAID funded 5 country wheelchair provision project of World Vision, USA, 2014


DATE OF BIRTH     28.01.1958

NATIONALITY       Indian

FAMILY                     Dr. Thomas M.J. (Husband) (www.drmjthomas.com)

                                     Capt. Rohit Thomas (Son), Commercial pilot, VietJet, Vietnam

ADDRESS:  J - 124, Ushas Apartments,  16th Main, 4th Block,  Jayanagar,  BANGALORE - 560 011,  INDIA.  

Phone: +91-80-29753535, mobile: +91 98459 18185  

email:  thomasmaya@hotmail.com    


QUALIFICATIONS:   Master's Degree in Psychology, Ph.D in Psychology


AREAS OF EXPERTISE:  Policy development, strategy and programme planning related to disability and inclusive development, particularly community based approaches; Evaluation of disability programmes, Capacity building and training of planners and managers of disability programmes. 


INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS: 115 Indian and international publications.  (Detailed list available on request), Invited speaker at 34 international conferences


CONSULTANCY ASSIGNMENTS: 160 Assignments over 25 years  in Asia, Africa and Europe :33 assignments on policy development and strategy planning,  53 assignments on capacity building and training of planners and managers, 52 assignments on evaluation of disability programmes, 22 assignments related to knowledge enhancing activities.