Master movie maker Steven Spielberg, boxing
legend Mohammed Ali, scientist Albert Einstein and inventor Thomas Edison, all
belong to different lifetimes. They have one thing in common though, apart
from the fact that they are renowned all over the world. They all were dyslexic
as children and were bullied because of it. But that did not stop them from
making a mark in their respective fields.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children,” said Nelson Mandela.
Children are vulnerable. They need just one person to truly believe in their
capabilities and that can take them a long way.
This person can be a parent, teacher, friend or even a family member.
Children who have learning disabilities especially need such a person in their
For Niveditha B Warrier, a native of Thrissur,
it was her school teacher, MP Vasantha Kumari who did not let the young girl
down. Niveditha had spent a life of
confusion and frustration because of her condition. She was isolated as a child
as most people had branded her as a girl who was dim. Children, her age would
not engage with her. Academics was a puzzle altogether. Letters and numbers
did not seem to be what people said they were.
The social science teacher Vasantha Kumari, took
notice and decided to train her student. It was only in 9th standard that
Niveditha discovered she had this learning disorder. But thanks to her
dedicated teachers' support and time, she was able to complete her school with
good scores.Today Niveditha is on the road to gain her Ph.D. in Disability
Studies from the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. She has an
MPhil in English Literature as well and has cleared the NET and UGC Junior
The story of Niveditha’s success is that of a
teacher’s determination to provide care which is more than just academic
assistance. Every child with or without disabilities deserves a chance to be
given the space to learn at their own pace.