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 ;

Often in life, we tend to take the little things that we have the ability to do for granted and more often than not, we tend to ignore the difficulties that others might be facing due to a place of privilege that we ourselves live in. If you have always lived in an environment which is protected and perfect, it becomes hard to empathise or even sympathise with the troubles that exist in other peoples live unless you come face to face with it.

I am Drishti Chadha and this is my sister Prarthana who has down syndrome. Prarthana is this fun, loving happy go lucky girl. Everybody loves to be around her because she’s fun to be with. We are more than just sisters. We’ve been best friends for years now. Those who fight with each other but are always there to save the other when mom is angry.

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