Voices of Alumni
Our alumni network is growing stronger by the day. More text here introducing the reader to what the voices of alumni truly mean and what to expect from the section below.
Inclusion means – to make it a part of the whole. Which in other words means, to make something or someone part of the complete system. Initially, only a hand full of people took up the task to include the special people into the mainstream of the system. However, the inclusion the way everyone understands it is a wonderful theory, and has positive and negative points. Normal children understand the medical problem of special children and treat them like any other children. Preparing the children and parents of the normal school, regarding the needs of children with disabilities. By inclusion special children can avail all the facilities and rights in the long run. Such as a job, government aids, etc. Through inclusion there will be no segregation. ‘Make us a part of the whole and let us join on making the world a better place to live in’ Toshan today works with Reliance Metro. He wrote this when he was 15 years old
My dream is to become like one of the normal students. I want to work and learn like them. Thus if I have to go to a normal school, my dream will be fulfilled. I am sure that I will forget that I am a handicapped person and I will feel like a normal student. Then nobody wil tell me anything and treat me differently. ‘We don’t want to be invisible; we want to be a part of mainstream’.
Inclusion means giving equal rights to all children. A special child should not be treated as a child without intelligence. Inclusion is needed so that we can have a better future specially in education. Going to a normal school nearby will result in saving time and money. A lot of new friends will be made by me.
My views on Inclusion: Inclusion means that we all can study together. It cannot be for the rich or the poor. We have a right to study. We are in special schools that is why we don’t know what is happening in the normal schools. We are not special human beings – Like others we can also do lot of activities and we should not be labeled as Special Children.
India became independent after struggling for many years. India became a democratic country but only in a written form. Today also we are struggling for our rights. Even today men and women are treated differently. There is discrimination regarding caste, religion and sex. Children are also deprived of education due to their schedule caste, handicapped and other disabilities. Education should include all categories of children whether they are spastic, blind, handicap or have other problems. The government should make facilities so that these children are bought up in a healthy atmosphere where their rights are preserved.
Inclusion involves bringing together children from all walks of life and helping them to grow with a sense of sharing and cooperation. Education is important for healthy development of mind and so knowledge should be imparted equally to all children – this is inclusion. As all the five fingers are not the same, so also no child is similar as other child, so it is important to give equal opportunities to all the children.
We don’t want to be teased, pitied, looked down upon, shunned or ignored. We want to play a meaningful role in society
Gargi Varadkar – 17 years
We students are capable of doing many things – give us a chance.
Ruma Kirtikar (Ex – Student – NRCI)
Today people around me who have known me from my childhood do not recognize me. They enquire about me in my presence and when my family introduces me to them, they cannot believe that I am the same person who started walking at the age of 6 years. Now I am independent. I manage my own life and even travel by public transport. I was born on 28th February 1965. I was a normal and healthy baby till the age of six months, till I received the last dose of the triple vaccination which proved fatal. I was suffering from cough and cold and the doctor in his negligence gave me a wrong injection which had a lasting effect. I became a spastic. As I grew up I too had the desire to go to school like my cousins. However, no school wanted to give me admission due to my disability. My dream was fulfilled when I met Dr. Mithu Alur and joined the Spastics Society of India. Here not only did I get proper schooling, I also received physiotherapy, speech therapy and encouragement to be independent. It prepared me to appear for the school leaving examination along with other able – bodied children. I passed SSC examination with flying colours after putting in hard work. It was worth it. The next challenge was going to college; into a new world different from both SSI and home; reaching out to my classmates and teachers who were not aware of disability. I learnt to be independent and was able to overcome my biggest barrier to e able to travel lone for long distance. I have a library science certificate from St. Thomas College, Calcutta and today I am proud to be the Assistant Librarian at NRCI, Bandra.
Ms. Sunita Thomas (Ex – Student, NJDC)
Ms. Sunita Thomas, born on 19th May 1974 has profound speech and hearing impairment since birth. However, she also has the passion to face life up front and to put in her best efforts in whatever she does. She has had an excellent record through all her academic years. After completing her college degree, she joined NJDC in 1994 and underwent and completed a comprehensive certificate course in PC application. She then worked as Data Entry Operator in organizations such as Essar Oil and Gas Ltd. and HDFC Ltd. She then worked as a Junior Clerk in Universal Container Service. However, in December 1996, she joined the Confederation of Indian Industries, Mumbai and is working there since 12 years. She works there as Computer Operator in Policy, Industry & Practices Department and Accounts Department and is responsible for researching, sourcing and updating the database from the market, purchasing orders and generating invoices and is also responsible for managing the pre event duties during seminars and conferences.