AUTISM

AUTISM

June 14, 2012

SSC exam results: Autism not barrier enough

Full story: The Times of India
By Shreya Bhandary

MUMBAI: Preparing for their first board examination is a major task for thousands of students. For some, any form of examination is tough. Yet, 10 autistic students managed to defy their personal handicaps to clear the SSC exams.

All that parents of 18-year-old Aditya Paradkar wanted was to ensure that their son passed the SSC exams, but a score of 72% was beyond their expectations. "We admitted him to a regular school two years late, but didn't enrol him in a special school. As a kid, his classmates made fun of him, but he braved everything to achieve this feat," said Aditya's father, Sudhir.

Aditya, a student of Utkarsh Vidyalaya in Virar was an average student till Class VIII. However, he struggled to grasp the Class IX syllabus. "His grades fell in Class IX and we were worried about how he would fare in Class X. He proved our fears wrong," beamed his father.

At Yashodham High School in Goregaon (E), the principal and teachers went the extra mile to ensure that 16-year-old Riya Vora faced no problems. "Students who seek benefits under the special category for SSC exams have a different syllabus. So our teachers made sure that they taught Riya even after class," said a senior school official. The efforts of the teachers and the student herself paid off as Riya scored 68.9%. "Students like Riya make this achievement even more rewarding," added the official.

From last year, the state board extended special benefits to autistic students like extra time to answer the paper and a less difficult syllabus.

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