Srisha is cheeky, adorable, welcoming, happy, and all of those sweet things you can’t help but notice every time you see her. Srisha is five years old and has cerebral palsy.
Srisha is learning to communicate at the centre
Crossing path with our Learning Hubs run at the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) is one of the best things to have happened in both their life.
Although unable to speak, Srisha is now expressive and can utter one or two syllable words. The latest being “Amma.” She can even pretend read and write! She loves the ride on her mom’s scooter to the centre and is always thrilled to spend the day out with her mom and dad.
When God let me down
“On Srisha’s three month check-up, I only heard the doctor saying “Cerebral Palsy”. I have never heard the word and I didn’t understand. My world fell apart. For months, I pulled away from everyone. I was mad and my anger eventually turned to horrible sadness. I felt like the daughter I dreamed about and hoped for was dead,” said Nethra.
Nethra takes control of Cerebral Palsy
“I don’t want to look back, rather I would want to look ahead,” opined Nethra during one our meeting with her at the centre. Despite whatever, the challenges, we will find a way to laugh, love and live our lives to the fullest. Can anyone take that away from us?” questions the vibrant Nethra.
Nethra undergoes a six-months special education training and joins the teaching faculty at the centre. “I didn’t do it just for my daughter, rather I want to be there for any kid with cerebral palsy.” On a daily basis, Nethra wipes the tears of many mothers who come to the centre.
A world of change
As Srisha’s story continues to unfold, Nethra no longer feels angry. Rather, she wants to share her daughter with the world. She wants people to know about the little girl who was never supposed to walk or talk. She wants people to behold the lively girl whose life, doctors once implied, would
never amount to much. “I want to shout this miracle from the rooftops,”
My husband and I want to be there for Nethra no matter what life throws her way. Seeing Srisha’s change has been a great joy. There will still be tears, heartaches and worries. Srisha may never be “normal” but she is still my little girl,” says Nethra.
Our Learning Hubs at the DDRC is a boon to children with learning disabilities and an encouragement to mothers who otherwise would have no options to seek a future for their children.
We motivate mothers to undergo the teachers training and on completion either they can work at the Centre or find employment elsewhere. This opportunity makes them self-reliant as well as help them cope with the trauma of bringing up children with learning disabilities.