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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Haryana

A 'Helping Hand' to the visually impaired
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Sirsa, July 03, 2014
First Published: 20:47 IST(3/7/2014)
Last Updated: 20:48 IST(3/7/2014)

Helping Hand, a non-governmental organisation run by a 29-year-old resident of Sirsa, Ramta Kapil Soni, has successfully trained three visually impaired children, who now attend regular schools in the district. Soni began her journey as a social worker nearly two years ago, when authorities of a local school told her to admit her visually impaired son Medhansh in a special school instead of sending him to a regular school.

 

Soni, however, did not lose heart. She contacted Kartik Sahani, a software engineer based in Delhi, who had topped the IIT-JEE exams despite being visually impaired. Upon his advice, she contacted a Delhi-based NGO Saksham, where she learnt Braille and subsequently taught her son to read and write.

Four-year-old Medhansh now is a kinder gardener at a regular school here. Her son's progress inspired her to teach other visually impaired children. She went to Noida and underwent the training required to teach visually impaired and physically handicapped children.

Upon completion of her training, Soni came to Sirsa and started training special children in the region.

Soni's efforts bore fruits, as three visually impaired children, Deepak (13) and Pratham (9) from Sirsa, and Deepak (12) from Bhiwani, have been admitted to a regular school in the district.


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