History of Our Young Adults
Pratish is a 43-year-old autistic young adult. He is looked after by his mother as his father passed away many years ago. He speaks English and is able to communicate his wants and needs. His father found it difficult to accept or acknowledge that Pratish was differently abled and was embarrassed to be seen in society with him due to his incessant twitching and hyper activity. Due to his mother’s continued perseverance, dedication and understanding of autism of 12 years, his father was finally able to accept him.
At Shraddha, Pratish has his independence and space and is now a contributing member of society. Shraddha empowered him to maintain mental equilibrium and prevented any need for psychiatric assistance. The teachers and volunteers at Shraddha have helped him control his violent temper, incessant twitching and hyper activity. Pratish has felt appreciated and loved. Shraddha also enhances his communication, confidence and physical stamina. He is also trained to eat and dress independently.
Utpal lost both his parents. He now lives with his brother, who travels most of the time on work. Utpal is home alone most of the time and relies on domestic help for his meals. His neglect had lead to under nourishment, premature aging and physical weakness, lack of motivation and morale/ He had even suffered physical abuse from his former caretaker.
Shraddha has helped with providing him a means of income and cultivating his rudimentary skills. Utpal now relies on Shraddha as a livelihood, a place of stability and security.
Ankit born on November 30, 1979 to Heena and Yasmukh Shah was diagnosed with acute epilepsy, autism and severe brain damage. Ankit had a hobby of collecting Dice. He started with 2 and ended with 3,131 Dice! His name has featured in Limca Book of Records for collecting maximum numbers of Dice. His collection has dice in all shapes, colour and sizes. Ankit had no perception of numbers (he could only count from 1 to 10) but he would immediately come to know if a single dice was missing. Ankit was loved by everyone at Shraddha. Ankit was tragically taken away from us on 25th May, 2019 at the tender age of 39.