Our ARISE+ Alumnus Dinesh Shines in the Special Olympics 2023

Our ARISE+ Alumnus Dinesh Shines in the Special Olympics 2023 1

Dinesh Kumar

Trained At TMF ARISE+ SPASTN Centre in Chennai

Dinesh Kumar, a former student of our ARISE+ partner, The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu (SPASTN), made waves in the recently concluded Berlin Special Olympics by winning two Silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 4×25 Freestyle Relay with the Indian swimming squad.

Dinesh joined SPASTN in mid-2015 after his previous school turned him down. As a young adult with autism, he struggled to adapt to mainstream school settings. He also refused to enroll in the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for his senior secondary classes. Teachers at the Autism Academic Unit gradually transitioned him over two months, and he completed his 12th exam in 2020.

After observing Dinesh, ARISE+ trainers recommended enrolling him in swimming classes to help regulate his sensory needs. With his family’s support, he excelled in district, state, and national-level competitions.

After 8 years of continuous hard work, grit and perseverance, Dinesh got selected for Special Olympics 2023. He came back to India with two Silver medals and has made the country proud!

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