Dif­fer­ently- abled cat­e­gory kids shine through

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Kranti Vib­hute and Neetu Saini cor­re­spon­dent@ dnain­dia. net

As many as 3,335 stu­dents from the dif­fer­ently- abled cat­e­gory passed their CBSE Std X exam this year, bring­ing the pass per­cent­age to 95.18%.

The cat­e­gory in­cluded vis­ually im­paired, hear­ing im­paired, or­thopaedic im­paired, spas­tic, dyslexic and autis­tic stu­dents, among oth­ers. The num­ber of or­thopaed­i­cally im­paired stu­dents was big­ger com­pared to oth­ers with dif­fer­ent dis­abil­i­ties.

Un­nat Dave, who has cere­bral palsy, did not let any­thing come in his way of suc­cess. The bright stu­dent of Ra­jhans Vidyalaya in And­heri scored 93.1%.

“I never faced any prob­lem while pre­par­ing for my board ex­ams. I used to go for my phys­io­ther­apy sessions ev­ery­day. So af­ter school hours, I wasn’t left with much time to study. I tried to make full use of the time I got to study and my tu­ition teacher was also very ded­i­cated. My school also co­op­er­ated and sup­ported me through­out the year. I am plan­ning to go for the en­gi­neer­ing stream.”

Nim­i­lika Pup­pala, a dif­fer­ently- abled stu­dent from Ra­jhans Vidyalaya, has se­cured 8.8 CGPA in her CBSE ex­am­i­na­tion. Her par­ents and teach­ers were very happy with her per­for­mance. Pup­pala has autism, which makes it dif­fi­cult for her to have so­cial in­ter­ac­tions. She never took any tu­ition classes.

“I like writ­ing po­ems and sto­ries in Marathi and English. Lan­guage is not an is­sue for me, though many peo­ple have this mis­con­cep­tion about my dis­or­der. I as­pire to be­come a writer. My grand­mother has al­ways sup­ported me and she helped me score this much.”

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