Polio, hearing loss no obstacle for this high-performance person | Lucknow News

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Lucknow: Special education graduate Adarsh ​​Kumar, 33, doesn’t hear much. However, he trained to read lips. Suffering from polio in both legs at the age of five, Adarsh ​​lost his hearing while in class VI due to a brain fever. However, this did not prevent him from cracking the public services of the UP where he obtained 120 points out of 200.
“The polio affected my whole body. I was completely paralyzed and spent almost a year in the hospital. My father sold his only land and his animals to buy me medicine. Despite my best efforts, polio took both legs, ”Adarsh ​​said.
Adarsh ​​comes from a low socio-economic background. His father, Shiv Mangal, who dropped out of high school, was a Class IV state government employee and is now retired. Her mother Ramkumari is illiterate and a housewife.
“I am the youngest of four siblings. With meager income, my disabilities added to the difficulties. I always wanted to be an officer and help my parents, ”said Adarsh, who is currently teaching children at an elementary school in Hardoi and enrolled for a doctorate at a rehabilitation university in Lucknow. Selected as a labor police officer, Adarsh’s journey with polio has been arduous and inspiring. Even though he is orthopedically challenged and hard of hearing, Adarsh ​​has never relied on any device for help.
“He always limps but would never use a walker or a hearing aid. He thinks it would reduce his self-confidence, ”said Shiv Mangal. The motivation to excel, Adarsh ​​said, came from his mentor.
“He faced difficulties every step of the way, but broke all obstacles to break the utilities. Especially since for a deaf person it is almost impossible to qualify, ”said Mrutyunjaya Mishra, associate professor in the hearing impairment department at Shakuntala Misra Rehabilitation University.
The 20-minute interview, a rarity for the hearing-impaired, was also unique, Mishra said.
“The panel reviewed his (Adarsh) requests and asked him questions in writing. It helped Adarsh ​​win the battle, ”Mishra said.
In 2009, when SRM University inducted the first group of students, Adarsh ​​joined BEd Special Education (HI) and then MEd Special Education (HI) in 2011.
“This is where I had the chance to meet people with different disabilities, and it changed my perspective. I decided to break the belief that the hearing impaired cannot pursue higher education, ”he said. Back in school, Adarsh ​​was never a rank holder, not even a Premier League. But he was determined to do something big. In the classroom, he could barely hear his teachers.
“I used to understand their body language and expressions. I took the front seat and made guesses, after seeing the blackboard, about the topics being taught. Then I followed them in my books, ”he said.


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