I am from the middle class, and we both couple were not educated properly. My son Riswan was not playful like other children. Doctors clearly explained his Mental retardation and the need for special education and training.
When he was diagnosed with Mental Retardation and a special child, it was difficult to digest and accept it. Our family and relatives rejected this child, and we are neglected by society. Relative and neighbours stopped visiting our home & we did not go out and attend a function because of my son’s behavioural problems.
We admitted him to two schools one by one where he has not cared properly in the Pudukottai district. These children were treated badly and very harshly when they show some behavioural issues. We were on searching for the best school. We found ATHMA Special School finally by our relative. Our place is so far from the school. First, we visited the school and satisfied ourselves with the training and care given to the children. The best part is the school is under the direct supervision of a Psychiatrist, Dr K. Ramakrishnan. Here only he was diagnosed with Mental Retardation with Autism.
Hence, I shifted my residence to Trichy and sending my son to school. Initially, he wasn’t playful and friendly, will not maintain eye contact, used to sit at a corner and will have fear to do things, will not inform me when he wants to use the toilet. After four years of proper training, he can speak with difficulties and now started eating, washing his hands after eating and after using the bathroom, obeying others, and telling stories.
Now I got hope and feel optimistic about my son’s future. No, where we could find downhearted special schools like Athma. I felt the lives of parents of special children become more stressful because they cannot go anywhere and nobody is ready to look after them for a week. The residential facility in the new building will help many children who are denied access to education from rural & remote areas.
I thank Dr K. Ramakrishnan and his professional team for their esteemed service in this field. Now I am approaching my relatives and friends to collect funds for this school.