Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities to mainstream is an important agenda for us at the Foundation. I feel proud to share how Gokul Srinivas Subramanian, our ARISE+ student bagged the Gold at the Special Olympics World Games, 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
Gokul was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 5. Parents, being unable to pay the school fees shifted him to an ARISE+ school (All Round Improvement in School Education for Children with Disabilities). In order to channelize his energy and strength, they put him in swimming despite their monetary hardships. The school understood his potential and we supported him with a proper diet plan, nutrition programme and training that was needed to prepare him for the Special Olympics. Winning gold in 1500m, and the second position in 800m freestyle swimming are his phenomenal achievements for the country, school as well as for his family.
So, when Gokul didn’t have a way, he made one for himself! I am proud of Gokul and congratulate him from all my heart and such kids who with their unrelenting commitment want to move mountains. Hope this #RiseForGood story inspired you too!