On Women’s Day, meet a ‘special’ person who cares for differently abled children
On International Woman’s Day, Rajeev Mullick profiles a Lucknow University alumnus who has changed the lives of specially abled children as well as their parents.education Updated: Mar 08, 2017 17:44 IST
Bobby Ramani (27), a Lucknow University alumnus, left a fulfilling career to set up a school for specially abled children.
Bobby was doing well at a real-estate company. She would come home every day, look at her differently abled brother and try to cheer him up. However, her brother would never seem very happy unless Bobby took him for a drive. After all, autistic kids love fresh air, music and long drives.
On one such evening, Bobby realised that she was not fully satisfied with what she was doing. “Making money is not all that matters after all,” she thought. So she decided to establish an organisation for differently abled children, especially those from the below poverty line (BPL) segment.
“I set up ‘I Support Foundation’ for persons with disabilities. It aimed at developing them in a holistic way. The foundation is a central government-funded NGO aimed at educating and developing underprivileged autistic children,” said Bobby, a post-graduate in social work.
Since 2014, she has been running a school catering to 45 specially abled children in Lucknow near Smriti Vihar Park, Indira Nagar. “The aim is to help these children reach their highest potential, and become more and more self-sufficient,” she said.
According to Bobby, ignorance and the laidback attitude of the people are the biggest challenges in her line of work. “This attitude alone led to every other issue that followed,” Bobby said.
“Surveys indicate that 30 to 40 million Indians suffer from psychiatric problems that require urgent attention. However, there are only 500 psychiatrists, 400 clinical psychologists and 100 psychiatric social workers available to provide them cosmopolitan health care. Most of the mentally ill are cared for by indigenous healers. If these are an all-over estimate, imagine the figures we would get if we focus on rural areas,” she added.
Families often grow frustrated with specially abled children due to the lack of services available and the extra care and patience required in bringing them up. A lot of times, they end up blaming such kids and take out their anger and ignorance on them.
“We at ‘I Support Foundation’ are committed towards making Lucknow and the country a friendly place for the differently abled,” she said.