Belonging to a small village called Muduguppa in Ananthapuram, Vani was always inclined towards sports. But due to her intellectual disability, she was not usually allowed to play outside her house with others of her age. Her parents, though, recognising Vani’s love for sports, brought her to RDT’s Bathalapalli campus in 2013 and she was accepted in the Special Olympics Programme. At the centre, Vani’s breakfast is followed by her academics as well as vocational training, which lasts until lunch. The students, including Vani, concentrate on one activity per day such as agriculture, cooking, jute manufacturing and academics (English, Math, Telugu and other subjects). Vani is quite excited about her academics and enjoys being in the company of her books. She practices badminton and volleyball at the centre and having attained a high proficiency in volleyball, was chosen to be a part of the Indian contingent for the Special Olympics Volleyball team at the Los Angeles World Games in 2015. She was voted as one of the best players of her team and her splendid performance on the court won her many hearts. Her parents, who are both farmers, were tearful with joy as she returned back from Los Angeles. Vani’s success is a testament to what the faith and support of parents, dedicated training, and expert coaching can achieve, and her example is especially heartening for the parents of other Children with Disabilities.
“Vani is a multi-talented girl, very skilful in Volleyball and a team player, always supporting her colleagues.”
Mr. Enric Ronamgeuro,
Head Coach for the Special Olympics program at RDT