Lucknow, Doctors declared him mentally challenged and said he couldn’t study beyond class 2. But, Akash is now a living challenge for the doctors.- he has passed Class 10 with 75%, is now studying in Class 12 with normal children and aspires to study engineering at IIT.
“If Akash achieves what he aspires for, he will become a hope for many mentally challenged children and their parents”, says his mother Mina Agarwal, whose efforts to raise her child are legendary.
“Doctors’ observations was final. They termed him as a patient of cerebral palsy and mental retardation. They said he would not be able to study beyond class 2 as he wouldn’t be mentally fit to absorb mainstream education”, she said and added, “doctors’ observation can’t be defied. But, I never allowed it to sink in his brain and affect his personality”.
Akash was enrolled in a regular school. And as a little child, he too accepted the challenge. Today, he says” I want to show all those who said life had nothing normal for me and that I am like any other child. My mother has given me a rebirth by helping me attain a normal life”.
Mina, a resident of Mahanagar diverted all her energies to change her son’s destiny. After much research, she pursued a diploma in developmental therapies for neurological disorders and applied all her skills to set things right for her only child. She, who has managed to win all battles for her son, says, “ Parents must act promptly and pursue treatment in the right direction after their child is diagnosed with any neurological disorder. Early intervention can ensure their kid a healthy and bright future”.
Prompted by her own experiences, she is now bringing colours back to the lives of those parents who lose all hope after their child is diagnosed with a neurological disorder through her organization- Saksham.
Is success all about getting employment, everything boils down to a 9-5 job? People with special needs or neurotypical can achieve way more with persistence and consistency. We all know about famous success story of people with special needs like Richard Branson and how he overcame dyslexia to reach a net worth of 5.1 billion USD (as on 2017) or Micheal Phelps who overcame ADHD and went on to become one of the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. We would like to cover some lesser known success stories of people with special needs. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list since there are many such stories some known and some lesser known.
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