Early Intervention Helps Sai Kiran Pursue His Passion for Studies
Sai Kiran, 20, was born blind because of microcornea in both eyes. At three months, he was referred to LVPEI’s Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired. Thanks to the early intervention services at the centre, Kiran is now pursuing his Bachelor of Science from Hyderabad in Math, Physics and Chemistry, subjects that he is passionate about. He scored 9.7 percentile in his 10th grade and cleared his 12th grade with a first division. What is impressive about Kiran is his never-give-up attitude that helps him overcome the odds, despite his family’s modest financial means.
Vision Rehabilitation is an integral part of the LVPEI’s pyramidal model of eye care delivery and Kiran has been receiving a comprehensive range of services such as mobility training, independent living skills and educational training, supply of Braille and digital audio books, provision of assistive devices, counseling and guidance on government schemes, and advice on environmental modification. Volunteers at LVPEI have also played a key role by extending their financial support to sponsor his college education and by becoming scribes to write his exams.
Kiran actively participates in all the workshops organized by the Vision Rehabilitation department and willingly shares his experiences with fellow participants.