BENGALURU: “Your child is a special child,” is what the doctor said to Kavitha Sneha, the mother of a daughter with cerebral palsy. With Kavitha’s husband breaking down when they heard about their child, she had to be a pillar for both her daughter and her husband. She said, “My husband always thinks about the late future. So he would keep asking, ‘What will happen to her without us?’ But even then, he was always there with me through all the child therapies.” Krishna is 12 years old today.
It took her 10 years to walk independently. Kavitha said, “My first child took 10 months, while Krishna took 10 years. I had to hold her in my arms all these years wherever I went because she didn’t even have head control. The world ‘special’ used by the doctor gave me a lot of strength. Everytime I meet someone, I always tell them, ‘This is my special kid, would you like to saay hi to her?’”
Kamala Sudhanva, mother of son with learning disabilities, did not find about his problem until he entered high school.
She says, “He was always an A-grader but when he entered high school, his grades dropped. Initially, when we found about his learning disability, we were in denial but then we decided to help him. Today, the volume of his syllabus has increased. So, the expectations by the school are high too. There is a lot of pressure on us.” Her son takes remedial classes now where he is given tools to concentrate and organise his studies.
Today is the World Disability Day. EDventure Academy is organising a walkathon to create awareness about supporting children on the day. Catch up with the festivities at NIFT College Road, at 9.30 am.