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March 17, 2020 Tuesday 12:08:34 PM IST

Defeating Dyslexia

Life Inspirations

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 life.

 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 Research Fellowship.

 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. 

Supriya Deepak

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