Delegates to Russia
Mr. Rabindran Isaac
Mr. Sumanth KV
Mr. Micky Joseph
Mr. Vinay Prasad
Mr. Rabindran Isaac
An Occupational Therapist studied at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore Tamil Nadu, India, one of the most prestigious colleges in our country. From the time he graduated, he was working at the Spastics Society of Karnataka, Bangalore, for over 26 years. (www.spasticssocietyofkarnataka.org).
Since the last four years he has been working for an organization called SEESHA, where he has the opportunity to work in villages and all the activities have been inclusive. Persons with Disabilities are asked to take part not only as participants but become part of the organizing committee. This has brought out their abilities for their fellow villagers to see.
“Becoming India's first IIM graduate with cerebral palsy will always be the greatest moment of my life. But, if you think getting a job with a fat cheque afterward would be a cakewalk, you could not be more wrong! More than 50 interviews later, finally I landed a job. The reason? Your guess is as good as mine.”Sumanth KV
“Facing a condition which hindered his body movements and speech, Sumanth knew things were going to be a little difficult. He realized soon, there was no point cribbing about it. With the help of Spastics Society of Karnataka, Sumanth pursued his early education and was integrated into a normal school a few years, later. Thereafter, he went on to pursue graduation in commerce from Jain College, Bengaluru.
After completing B-Com, he joined Thomson Reuters. He worked in night shifts, crunched numbers and had a fantastic time at work. Meanwhile, the preparations for CAT exams, which would get him into the hallowed corridors of IIM, continued in full swing.
In 2010, in his fourth attempt, the dream came true! he went on to crack CAT and joined IIM Indore. The two years spent at the management institute will always be the best time of his life. After graduating from IIM Indore in April 2013, the sense of pride and achievement was overwhelming.
But, reality struck him soon. If you think getting a job with a fat cheque afterwards would be a cakewalk for him, you could not be more wrong! Interview after interview, Sumanth kept getting rejected for inexplicable reasons, which left him shocked. More than 50 interviews later, he landed a job with Flipkart as an Operations Analyst recently he became a manager.
Challenges in Sumanths life has been a plenty and hindrances have been rampant at all stages. But as Bill Gates rightly points out, ‘life is unfair, get used to it’. Sumanth did so early in life and managed to turn things around.
The dreams are limitless, and he intends to achieve them by putting forth one step at a time. Sumanth was comically referred by his friends as someone, ‘who walked like an old man and talked like a kid.' In their very own words, that kid is an inspiration for them now.
The paraphernalia of the Indian society is unique! Everyone seems to always be in a hurry, to reach somewhere, and yet no one reaches on time! Misconceptions about disability are borne mainly due to lack of proper education. “We don’t have the maturity to accept different kinds of people. Even the urban, educated class is also mired in outdated thoughts. Sympathy is not what the differently-abled people need, it’s an equal opportunity platform that they strive for; rest they can easily handle on their own” Sumanth KV.
The words of Abraham Lincoln ring so true for people with disabilities:
We conquer the World,
Not in any brilliant fashion.
We conquer the World,
Just by doing our daily Job."
Sumanth faces cerebral palsy. But, that doesn't define or deter him. He is different, yet the same as everyone else around him.
M.A Social Work, Rehabilitation Council of India, Reg.No. A34928
Micky is a rehabilitation social worker by profession, currently the manger of the Corporate Social Responsibilities at Newgen Digital Works Pvt.Ltd. He has a Master’s degree in social work from Bangalore University with over 12 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. His deep concern for people with special needs made him the architect of establishing Nandavanam as a centre for children with developmental challenges and learning difficulties. Nandavanam is a center working towards the betterment of children with developmental challenges with Anthroposophical insights. Currently, he is pursuing the certificate course in ‘Curative Education and Social Therapy’, from Friends of Camphill, Bangalore, India. This course is recognized by the Gotheanam. His personal passion lies towards empowering children and youth with special needs – an area where he has had maximum involvement over the years as a practitioner, volunteer and a benefactor.
Please visit www.nandavanam.co to know more about his work
Mr. Vinay Prasad
Vinay’s parents came to know about his condition when he was about 2 years of age after being diagnosed to have Cerebral Palsy, by Late Dr. Mr. H.K.Srinivasamurthy an Orthopaedic surgeon from Bangalore, advised by or friends, to meet Mrs Mithu Alur founder Chairperson of Spastics Society of India in Mumbai, Mrs Alur a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy had started an organization especially for children with Cerebral Palsy. On meeting Mrs Alur, she directed us to Spastic’ Society of India (Now Spastics Society of Karnataka) in Bangalore. After a multidisciplinary team evaluated Vinay, he was put into a home-based programme where his parents were given a programme which they had to follow at home and come once a week for a follow-up.
He was admitted to the day care center in June when the school started he was the first student. It was a special school with a multidisciplinary team the first of its kind in Bangalore. The school not only looked after the academic part of the students attending the centre, it had Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. There were Special Educators who planned the programme for each child.
He was admitted to the day care centre in June when the school started he was the first student. It was a special school with a multidisciplinary team the first of its kind in Bangalore. The school not only looked after the academic part of the students attending the centre, it had Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. There were Special Educators who planned the programme for each child.
Life in Spastics Society was a lot of fun, the children enacted in plays, watched by the public of Bangalore. The children sang songs, celebrated all festivals in a big way, Vinay remembers, Deepawali (festivals of lights,) Holi (festival of colours) and Christmas (when Santa Claus came with gifts). The children had painting competitions debates and played different games, Cricket was Vinay’s favourite game; Vinay had the opportunity to play side by side with the Indian cricket team members, the West Indies team. This overall development was the foundation from which he is able to fulfill the requirements of the work I am doing now.