As a child, I met with a severe accident in which I lost my eyes. Being visually impaired made me feel very hapless and dependent on people. I felt like there was no goal or purpose for me in life.
One day, my father – Eswaraiah – heard about RDT’s training centre for the visually impaired and got me enrolled there. I was the first student of RDT’s Braille school and it was a turning point in my life as I was introduced to the new world of learning through Braille. I realised that while I had lost my vision, my other senses could help compensate my disability to some extent.
The trainers there accepted my disability and gave undivided attention to me. Soon, there were many other students like me at the centre, and I ended up making some good friends. I focused on developing my skills and educated myself through Braille. With the help of my trainers, I completed primary education which further laid out the path to study B. Ed and then M.A. English.
RDT schools also promoted extra-curricular activities and it was there that I discovered my talent for singing. In 2009, I was one of the 18 participants at the singing reality show ‘Black’ on ETV. The show was judged by acclaimed actress Laya and renowned artist B.V. Mohankrishna, who himself is visually-challenged. This was the highest point in my life.
“Today, I myself am working as a Braille teacher with RDT, enabling many other visually impaired students to access quality education.”
Braille Teacher, Inclusive School, RDT, Rapthadu