Volume 1 Issue 6 - November 15, 2003

Impairment is not a barrier

DNIS News Network - Visual impairment has never stopped Sagar Prajapati from being an ace physiotherapist of Ahmedabad.

He has been practicing full-time for the past three years. His clientele includes State Chief Secretary P.K. Laheri, MLA from Ellisbridge constituency Bhavin Sheth and the late Haren Pandya, said a report from Indian Express.

A trained physiotherapist and visually impaired since birth, Prajapati has gone through several ups and downs in his life. However, nothing could stop him from what he is today. He was recently felicitated by the Chief Secretary on World Disability Day 2003.

"It has been a difficult journey. I passed out of the physiotherapy school run by Blind People's Association in Vastrapur. As we are visually impaired, we are expected to prove that we are we are as capable as a sighted person before we are handed over a case," Prajapati said.

Things have changed over the years, he admitted. "Initially, most of us faced such hitches. However, things have changed now. Today, I practice on my own and visit as many as seven patients a day," he was reported as saying. Prajapati also volunteered to help earthquake victims in Bhuj for six months.

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