When Sense International first met Rohan, he was 10 years old. He was found abandoned on the streets in Ahmedabad, India. He was unable to communicate and it was impossible to trace his parents. Frightened and thin, no one knew what his life had been like up until that point or how long he had been alone.
Rohan is deaf and has very little sight. A doctor diagnosed him with glaucoma, a disease which has damaged his optic nerve, leading to irreversible blindness. It was clear that he had received little or no care or support with his disability during his early years and as a result was afraid of human contact.
Rohan's case is far from unique and the parents of disabled children regularly face social stigma and prejudice. In Rohan's case he often became frustrated as he was unable to communicate and his parents were probably unable to cope.
He now receives training at a specialist deafblind unit where he is developing communication skills to help him understand the world around him. He is now able to recognise his educator, who supports him each day and express his needs.
Jyoti, Rohan's educator, said:
"It is a delight to work with Rohan. He has made remarkable progress and I am confident that given the continued education, training and support, he will soon become more independent."
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017