Jaswinder Kaur is a 16 year old dalit girl, who is differently abled due to her mental handicap. She represented India in World Special Olympics in Los Angeles, USA from July 25 to August 2, 2015. Her father is a labourer and mother works as a domestic help in the village.
She started running short races when she was in class 3. Her father encouraged her to run. She came 1st in 100 mtr. race in District Special Games in 2012 held by SSA, Fatehgarh Sahib. Since then there has been no looking back for her. She was given special training in the Resource Room, GES Naraingarh.
In 2013 she bagged 1st position in Punjab State Special Olympics. She was selected for National Games in the trials held at Ludhiana in September 2013. She bagged Gold Medal in 100 mtr. race & Shotput in National Athletic Championships held at Delhi in 2014 and was then selected for World Special Olympics.
Jaswinder was provided support by SSA/RMSA Fatehgarh Sahib in obtaining passport under ‘Tatkal’ Service and police clearance certificate. All the expenditure was borne by SSA. She was provided proper diet, track suit & shoes under SSA/RMSA and Sports department.
Jaswinder attended 4 preparatory camps held at Hyderabad, Brailley, Patna and Chennai. Her hard work paid off when she won Silver medal in Shotput and Bronze medal in 800 mtr. Race in World Special Olympics Summer Games in 2015 held at Los Angels, USA.
Karam Singh is a 10 yrs old student of 4th class suffering from multiple disabilities (Cerebral Palsy with Mental Retardation) and associated low vision problem. He came in contact with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan when he was identified by the IERT/ IEV during survey of 2011. His parents had expired when he was just a 6 yrs old. The IEV of cluster Multipurpose of Block Patiala 2 approached him in July 2011 after summer vacations. Before joining the Resource Room, the child was just bed-ridden. In the Resource Room, the Resource teacher and Volunteer put a lot of labour to improve his physique. He was provided a tricycle and elbow crutches from IE under SSA. In few months, a huge improvement was seen in his physical as well as mental status.
He learnt in the Resource Room environment in a very friendly and effective manner as a result of which he was directly mainstreamed in 3rd class at GPS Multipurpose School, and the teachers promoted him to the 4th class through bridge course.
Now with the help of crutches and tricycle, he moves independently and can come to school on his own. He participated in the District Sports Meet and got 2nd position in 50 Mtrs race. He is interested in extra-curricular activities and cultural programs also.