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Developing the 6th Sense : Giving ownership and skills back in the hands of those marred with a disability

Life deals a hand to all of us. Some get the hand that sets them apart, for good. Others are dealt a hand that cripples them to their core. But, it is how you take your next move, defines you. Some crib and cry, whereas some put up the fight of their lives. 

An evident example can be found in the story of 3 lives. Mr Vikram More whose eyesight was taken away at the mere age of 2 due to smallpox, the orthopedically-challenged Ms Leela Chandude or   Ismail Quereshi who became a blind person at the age of 2 years through Typhoid. All of them, no matter the hand they were dealt, never gave up. They managed to complete their education and show their resilience. But their success story was hindered in between as they stepped foot into the ruthless world looking for employment. Despite 10% of our population i.e. around 125 million persons being either physically or mentally disabled, the employment and rehabilitation facilities available to them are negligible in comparison.

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Tushar Katiyar

I am currently pursuing a liberal art course in Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar. I have always had a knack for creative writing, whether it be essays, poems, scripts or articles. Writing and creating something unique and new has always excited me. I am not a huge talker, but definitely like to listen and engage in intriguing conversations with others. Other than writing, I am also a huge football fan and love to both play as well as watch the beautiful game.

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