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AvinashAvinash is 14 years old. He was very cheerful that morning. Why that morning? He's cheerful every morning. But that morning was different. On TV, he'd watched Australia thrash Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup game the evening before. "It was good fun," says Avinash breaking into a beaming smile, which incidentally, was very cheerful indeed. His smile made our day too. The excitement of the Cricket World Cup had gotten into him and he's looking forward to seeing the ups and downs of the games to come. You can bet that Avinash will be glued to the TV for the next few weeks. He likes cricket. He can only enjoy the game by watching, but can't play.

"He has mixed Cerebral Palsy, as we call it," says Vanishree who is a Special Educator and Avinash's teacher in Class 4. So what makes Avinash extremely brilliant? "He's well informed about everything," says Vanishree and what she means is that Avinash's reading goes beyond school textbooks. "He's very curious and whosoever he comes across, he must ask, make enquiries," adds Vanishree. Quite true, because he wanted to know what we were here for? Apparently, Avinash reads a lot and his father helps him immensely by always talking to him, keeping his abreast of what's happening all around. One reason why Avinash's academic record is excellent.

Javahar RabindranThree years ago Avinash had major problems. "He used to fall off very often and end up in hospital almost once every month with severe vomiting" says Javahar Rabindran, Section Head and Occupational Therapist. "We tried a lot to get him into a position where his movement is restricted, so that he doesn't have this problem. So medically speaking, when we were able to get him to the right position he recovered," explains Rabindran who has a good rapport with all the kids and their parents. In fact, Avinash's parents acknowledge the role played by the Spastics Society in making such a difference and today they believe that Avinash enjoys life no less than a normal kid.

What will Avinash's future be? At this point in time it's difficult to say. Surely, Avinash isn't thinking about it. Right now he's too busy learning and absorbing as much as he can. He likes being is school and his teachers like him too. Besides, he's got a family that dotes on him providing all the care and attention he needs. So that's not an issue. The problem is with the society mindset and whether and how, it'll accept him. Avinash's attitude is extremely positive and that'll be his scoring point as he grows up. It'll be a case of, "When the going gets tough, the tough will get going."

Give them their rights...
They can! if given a chance...
Spastics Society of Karnataka...
"He's extremely brilliant"...
They make it happen...
Help boost their self-esteem...
Grounded in reality...
Making a point or two...
What's it like as a parent...

"For me it's a Mission..."
Meet Mrs. Rukmini Krishnaswamy
Director, The Spastics Society of Karnataka

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Vanishree

 
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