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I am PradipSinha. I born deaf, could not hear but see happenings around me. I used to go to school for Deaf.
At 12 I lost my vision & my Schooling, Communication as well as Mobility stopped.. It changed my life. My Schooling, Communication as well as Mobility stopped & nobody was there to help me.
And by grace of God my parents heard about HKIDB & again, I entered in the main stream. It was great turn in my life.I learnt sign language, finger spelling, tactile signs, braille & after few years vocational skills for which I used to get stipend. Now I could communicate & move independently. I learnt massage therapy from NAB. I used to stay in our school’s hostel. I thought now my life is settled.
But I had been told that being adult, need to leave hostel.And then with my deafblind friend Zamir I searched a flat away from city. Everyday we travelled 1 & half hour to reach our destination at peak hour. Now the life is more tougher but it gave me more confidence. This independent living taught me many more life skills. It is home- money & time management.
Then I share a thought with Beroz Madam about computer training. And it changed my life differently. I learnt sophisticated ways of communication. Now I can chat, send e-mails. My language developed a lot. I could pass my SSC independently through computer without any help.
I received award in 2003 from Ability Foundation for work I am doing with young deafblind children. Then I visited to UK, HKNC at New York, then I went at San di ego at AADB to attend the conference on ‘development of different communication modes.
Now other 3 deafblinds are appearing for HSC. Formal education is giving us more knowledge. My friend Zamir is now working with Sense Int. India as Advocacy Officer, travels throughout the country married with normal girl, have a year old baby & lives normal life.Akhtar with whom I am sharing our flat now goes to shoe factory for intensive training so that he can start his own business in Pune. My other friend Abbas is preparing himself for business