The most important thing in life is to stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”.
- Charles Dickens
I will introduce you to such persons, who took their disability as a challenge and proved that they are not less than a normal individual. These persons are a great source of inspiration for all of us.
1. Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati
On May 10, 2012, a class-IV student of DelhiPublic School was accolade with “Child Innovator Award” by a Pune based charitable trust. You know what is special in this child? He became India’s youngest patent holder …..if you think so, you are right. But, one other thing that you might not know about Hridayeshwar is that he is not a normal child. He is suffering from a degenerative disorder of muscle tissues ‘duchenne muscular dystrophy’. This young boy created a version of circular chess for 2, 3, 4, and 6 players. In March, he got patent for the same. After realizing his idea, he became the world’s youngest differently-abled person to have patent.
Hats off to you Hridayeshwar!
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Gulshan, a residence of suburbs of East Delhi, has proved this quote very well. In 1992, Gulshan was diagnosed wrongly, due to which he was imprisoned in a wheelchair. Worn out with the sympathies of people, this 18-year old boy resolute to prove himself and he did it! By spinning his wheelchair 63 times in one minute, he registered his name in the . He breaks the record of Jeffery, who secured this honor by spinning the wheelchair 32 times in one minute. Gulshan is a student of Guru Syed Salaudin Pasha, founder and director of ‘Ability Unlimited Foundation’ (a famous disabled dance theatre). He is getting training in Sufi, Bharatnatyam and Kathak in wheelchair.
Gulshan, we are proud of you! You are really a source of motivation for thousands of differently-abled people.
3. Jessica Cox
“I don’t need no arms around me
and I don’t need no drugs to calm me
I have seen the writing on the wall
don’t think I need anything at all…”
- Pink Floyd
This quote is absolutely applicable to Jessica Cox. She is the first armless person in the world to obtain a pilot’s license, 2011.
Every parent expects a healthy and normal child and so do Jessica’s parents. But, when she was born, her parents got little disappointed because their daughter was born armless. But, they never shed a tear. They provided their daughter with good education and support at every step. It was Jessica’s strong will and parent’s encouragement that made her 1st armless person to earn a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). She was also certified as the first person to fly an airplane with only feet. Due to this achievement, she got her name registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jessica gives us a message “Think outside the shoe”.
4. Sudha Chandran
Sudha Chandran, a name which need no description. She is known for her dance and acting. May 2, 1981 was a terrible day for her. She lost her right leg in an accident. This shook her confidence for some time. But, gradually, she mustered courage and began to walk with the help of crutches and wooden leg. After 6 months of the accident, Dr. Sethi (a specialist in artificial limbs) of Jaipur came as a ray of hope for her. He arranged an artificial leg for Sudha. She started her dance practice. She put up with the pain and never lost her self-confidence. On January 28, 1984, she got the opportunity to present her talent a hall of the “South India Welfare Society” of Mumbai. She gave outstanding performance. After that day, she never looked back. She also got offers in films and TV serials. She is progressing well, leaving behind her disability.
Differently-abled child do not require sympathy. If provided with good education, encouraging atmosphere, and opportunities, they can achieve such goals that most people only dream of.