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I was born in the early 1980s. I grew up in the small towns and remote villages of North East India. I didn't know it when I was young, but now when I look back, I believe I had and I still have mild form of autism. I had speech problem and stammered a bit. More importantly, I didn't give eye contact to others while interacting. I even preferred loneliness to socialization.

A Prayer:

It's not only an expectation but a fervent  prayer of a parent  of a child with special needs that the child is always in safe secure environment and that the professionals , teachers , care givers , family members , all people dealing with the child equally value the child and  are kind and sensitive towards the child looking beyond the disability .

A few Ground Realities ;

I am Janhavi Gadgil, Malhar’s elder sister. He has been the Sun of my universe ever since I was seven years old and every goal and aim of mine has revolved around him and his future since then. Voluntarily, mind you!! My parents tell me every day, “We want you to live your life to the fullest, and not be tied down by responsibility.” But I say to them- “Aai and Baba, a house without him is not a home!!” It will remain just a place with four walls and a roof.

In Indian culture, a mother has been revered as first and foremost GURU in one’s life. It is absolutely crucial how this potter shapes the child in early days of a child. But perhaps it is more so for a special child…

Just few days back I got a call and WhatsApp message from Nayi Disha, that they are planning to compile a unique video capturing expression of various parents for following set of questions –

• Remember the first time your saw your child

• Think about the first time you heard them laugh

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