Friday, April 10, 2015

Inspiring Essay - Different able person


Eyes- Vision (Visual Perception)
Ears - Hearing I Listening (Auditory Perception)
Mouth – Taste (Gustatory Perception)
Nose – Smell (Olfactory Perception)
Skin – Touch (Tactile Perception)

How do the differently abled students make use of their sensory organs?

We are going to read a this document brought out by a group called Chetana that had Braille letters on one side and the English alphabet on the other. The story was a nice one. Both the groups of Class VII children had read it. After that, they were going to attend a music conceit rendered by a young boy called Diwakar Sharma. When they met, the Principal said, “Children, we all have things that we can do and things we can't. Today, you are going to share knowledge with each other. The children of this school will teach you Braille and you will read with them and describe the pictures. Then the children of this school will take you around their classrooms. After that, we will assemble in the auditorium for the music show. You may pair off now and read the book." The teachers helped to pair off the children of both schools. Every pair had a copy of the book to read. The children wondered, “What will it be like, to read the book by feeling?”
They started reading the book together. It was a great fun. For both kids in each pair, it was as if a new world was opening up — a world of new sensations and feelings. For instance, Reena from the visiting school learnt that her fingers could actually ‘feel’ and understand. “Why do I use my eyes so much?”, she asked herself. Kajol of the Little Flower School felt that she could actually ‘feel’ a picture. ‘Why did I never ask my mother this before?', she wondered. She always imagined her mother's saree to be yellow’. Some days, when her mother was anxious, it would feel ‘grey’. On other days, when she was busy, it would feel ‘blue’. It had never occurred to her that she could use her ‘sense’ of colours to understand the things that she read with her fingers. I can actually ‘read’ a magazine with pictures”, she thought. Deepak of the visiting school had another perception. “Do I ever see the shapes of the things I read?", he asked himself. “lt is as if I don't actually see anything at all! I never pause!”

The children of the visiting school had a glimpse of a whole new language and with it, another view of the life they were leading. The letters were fascinating. They learnt to write them and asked their teacher if they could get a stylus and Braille Board, so that they could write to their new friends in Braille. “Why not,” said their teacher. “We will buy some soon.” Here is what they learnt. 
As they walked around the school with their new friends, they had another surprise. Rashmi discovered that her friend Geetha could actually warn her even about small bumps on the path. “There is a stone in this area that is slightly sharp", she said. “Walk carefully." Rashmi was astounded! Asif also discovered something. “He discovered that his friend James could actually hear sounds and ‘read’ them. For instance, a lady passed them and James said, “Ah, Susila Miss." “How do you know?" asked Asif. “Oh, her feet make a swishing sound when she walks. It is easy to find out who people are, from the way they walk!", said James. “l can always know which person in my family is in the same room with me.” Asif remembered how his mother always seemed to ‘creep’ in and know when he wasn't studying. “How does he figure this out?”, he thought.

It was time for the cultural show. The children were curious to know who Diwakarshannawas. The hall was packed. The Principal introduced Diwakar. She said, “Diwakar Sharma is a twelve year old singer. When he was one year old, Diwakar's visual impairment was confirmed. Alka Shanna, Diwakars mother is a doctor. She gave up her practice to look after Diwakar. His father, Sunil Sharma is an engineer. But their only aim in life is to give Diwakara platform to showcase his singing talent. "Recognizing his ability, we have dedicated our lives to making his dream of becoming a singer come true”, says his father.

It was in a televised Indian children's Interactive Reality Musil Game Show that Diwakar came into public gaze. He had the world glued to the show. His character, strength and talent were unmistakable. Director of the show, Gajendra Singh said of Diwakar, ‘It is his positive attitude, remarkable composure and confidence that get him noticed. He proves to be an icon for children of his age.’ Diwakar is articulate and mature far beyond his years. His sense of understanding of a situation or reacting to it comes from his avid interest in reading. Diwakar uses the Jaws Software for his studies and other interests. He is a good student at a regular school.

“I have read all the Harry Potter series and have enjoyed them all. I like reading children's classics and books on history. I take part in quiz contests and writing competitions. My knowledge and versatility in language comes from the fact that I read a lot", says Diwakar.

He has performed in the presence ofA.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India then, various foreign dignitaries and famous singers. Tushar, an alumnus of Diwakar's school, sums it all up, “Diwakar is a true champion, big at heart and attitude. Just watching him perform moves us all and certainly gives us hope.”

He belongs to the rare breed of individuals who are gifted to inspire and lead. We have learnt through Diwakar that no matter how difficult the circumstances, there is always something positive, something to look forward to, something truly joyful and fulfilling. The human spirit that Diwakar embodies is what brings us together and makes us succeed.

Diwakar is determined not to get deterred by any challenge. He surges forward...on and on. ”Ladies and Gentlemen, our school is proud to present ...DiwakarSharma!” Diwakar sang to thunderous applause.

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