[AI] AI: New Member Saravanan.R

Saravanan Ramadoss saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 11:40:36 EDT 2008


Special Note:

Dear friends, this is a short description of my struggles for the past 30 
years. But when compared with other great Visually-challenged achievers, my 
struggles are nothing. I hope that it will be helpful to the persons who 
didn't realize their hidden skills and talents. If this document helps or 
motivates someone means, I will be glad for sharing ; otherwise excuse me 
for wasting your valuable time with this lengthy document. First I thank my 
parents, teachers, social workers and innumerable friends for helping me to 
reach this level. Please feel free to contact me with your comments, 
suggestions and new ideas through below mentioned mobile or Email address. I 
am very pleased to receive them and ready to learn new things and improve 
myself.


Brief description about myself:

I am Saravanan Ramadoss. I was born on 11 May 1978 in a low-middle class 
family group. My father is a laberor, mother and a younger brother, all are 
sighted. Even I too had vision until nine years. Then due to (RD - retinal 
detachment), due to unsuccessful operation from government hospital I lost 
my eyesight slowly. My parents took me to various eye hospitals, but no use. 
At that time my parents didn't know about the special schools and other 
facilities for the visually impaired. So I spent some years at home, but I 
have strong faith in God. As a result of that faith, most of the time I got 
the maximum benefits beyond my level. Then my parents came to know about 
(LFC - Little Flower Conment, Chennai. They took me there, I got admission 
for fourth standard. I learned Braille, mobility and many things there. I 
finnishe my primary education. After that, they guided me to St. Louis 
Institute for the deaf and the blind, Chennai.


I spent almost 7 years in St. Louis institute starting from sixth to twelfth 
standard. I got little progress in my education. I was very good in maths, 
remaining subjects Tamil, social science and science were also okay, but 
very weak in English. In both the schools my medium of education was Tamil. 
So I really had to work very hard to improve my English. I didn't realize 
the importance and show much interest in co-curricular activities like 
Music, sports etc. When I reached ninth, I got some confidence in my English 
proficiency. It was then, I started learning chess and type writing. I 
participated in Chess and GK quiz competitions in and around Chennai, and 
won some prizes.


In both the schools, we got all the fecilities like Braille notes, 
Audiocassettes with tape recorders, and readers during week ends within the 
campus. In my SSLC (1995), I got 85% with 98 out of 100 marks in maths, also 
school first. But I didn't expect that at all; really it was a miracle of 
God. I thought that I have to do a different course considering my highest 
mark in maths. But my parents didn't allow me to take such risk. They were 
very protective. Our family income was meager and they didn't have proper 
education to gide or shape my future.

I was the first person to reach SSLC level with the top class marks from my 
family. I had to take a good decision to shape my future. So I discussed 
with my school teachers, they advised me to take (HEAP - history, economics, 
Advanced English and political science). I took that course with their 
guidance and got 73% in HSLC (1997. During that summer vacation, for the 
first time I got a chance to play Chess in southern Zone level at Shimoha. I 
was the only junior candidate in below 20 level, all my fellow players were 
in their 30s and 40s, also regular attenders of various competitions. in 
that category, I got 7th place in that tornament without proper training.


After that I struggled a lot to reach my current position as an English 
teacher in Government School, Chennai. I applied for B.a English lit in top 
3 colleges in Chennai. I got seat in 2 colleges, but nnot in hostel. So my 
parents forced me to do some special technical courses ment for the visually 
challenged. So I joined for stenno training at NIVH in Chennai. I dropped my 
previous plan of regular degree, but I joined BA English Literature in 
correspondence in Madras university. When I was in NIVH, I got a chance to 
represent the institute in National Level Chess competition at Pune. There I 
got 6/9 points without proper coaching. One side I finished stenno course 
(1998) and searching a good job. On the other side I cleared first year 
papers of B.a degree. In distant mode of education, I had to manage 
everything (recording cassettes, arranging scribes and other things) on my 
own.


As you are all aware, our life depends upon the scribes support. Sometimes a 
brilliant candidate scores less marks due to poor performance of the scribe, 
but on the other hand a weaker candidate gets top-class marks. All depends 
upon the candidate's luck. In second year exams, I failed in 1 paper because 
of my bad luck. I tried again and cleared that paper in October 1999. This 
bitter experience repeated even in my third year papers too, but I didn't 
loose heart, tried again and finally cleared in April 2001.

It was at that point

of time, NIVH launched new training project (MT - medical transcription for 
VH) for only 6 outstanding candidates. Luckily I got place in that training 
and I put 200% effort to get better placement after training. There I 
learned medical terms, drugs and basic computer skills. NIVH tried their 
best to get placement in Chennai, they got only one. So they arranged 
placement for the rest in Coimbatore of our interest.


There we received excellent support from the training staffs and colleagues. 
I really improved my listening comprehension, good typing speed and 
proficiency in English. In that place for 2 years, my learning was 
excellent, but the earning was less. When I was in Coimbatore, we all five 
VH met our ex-president Mr. Abdhul Kalam and had a group photograph. This 
was the only memorable event in Coimbatore. After spending valuable 2 years, 
we didn't feel any growth in our project from the management side. 
Especially no increament in our salary. So I left the job, and told them 
about my future plan of doing B.ed. They agreed and releaved me 
whole-heartedly.


When I came out of job, here B.ed admission was over. So I had to postpone 
my wish for (B.ed) for 1 more year and tried to finish (M.a Lit through 
correspondence, which I started in 2001. Due to MT-job's pressure and 
strain, I couldn't complete it. After returning from Coimbatore, I came to 
know about Karnavidhya ( a special library and reders forum) functioning in 
Adayar, Chennai. I spoke to Shyla madam and through her I got full support 
for my recording of cassettes and arrangement of good scribes. In October 
2003, I wrote 5 papers of M.a and cleared 4. In December 2003, I came to 
know about Ability-foundation and its new (I-T) related project with the 
guaranty of job placement in I-T field. Then I spoke to Jayashri Madam (the 
founder of Ability-Foundation) joined there and updated my computer skills. 
During the same time, I also prepared for 6 papers of M.a lit and wrote in 
April 2004. With the blessings of god, I completed both (training and M.a). 
simultaniously In that same year. I got B.ed with the help of entrance test 
marks. In the same year through Ability-Foundation, I met Actress Revathi 
Madam and spoke about Mt and its future for VH in their weekly radio program 
(Thiramain Thisaiyl). In September, I also met Ex-governer Mr Ram mohan Rao 
at Raj Bhavan to receive certificate for computer training and briefly 
described about our computer Project in the auditorium. When my name was 
selected for B.ed admission in Teacher's college, I got an offer of MT 
placement in Bangalore through Enable-India. So again I was in confusion, 
whether to choose B.ed or job? I consulted Mr A.K. Mithel Sir (RD of NIVH) 
He advised me to choose B.ed. So I postponed that MT job and joined B.ed.


In that Bed college, I was the only person to join English regular Bed from 
correspondence background. I completed (Bed) easily with the full support 
from lecturers and friends. After Bed, I spoke over phone to Shanthi Madam 
(Founder of Enable-India), she promised me for a sure placement of an MT in 
Bangalore if I am interested.


After my Bed, I decided to go for an MT job, till I get teacher post from 
the government. But things were not going smoothly in Bangalore, I had to 
spend more than 10-11 hours in the office to compete with my other sighted 
colleagues. After reaching room, I had to prepare for my (TRB exam for 
teacher post in Tamil nadu. No doubt, the MT career is really challenging 
job for visually-impaired. If our talents and potentialities are properly 
recognized by our companies, we can shine in this field. Otherwise it's a 
vain effort. Unluckily I got placement in those companies where I had 
struggled for my basic needs.


With the blessings of god, I scored good marks in TRB exam and within a year 
got placement as a teacher for High-school also near Chennai. Finally, I 
left my MT job in May 2006 and started this new teaching career. To improve 
and widen my English knowledge, I joined M.phil in English through 
correspondence in Annamalai University 2006.


Though the teaching job does not require my technical and other skills, I am 
doing this job as a true service with full satisfaction. I thank god for 
giving me an opportunity to help the economically weaker sections to improve 
their confidence level, English knowledge and other skills. With his 
blessings I have just now finished M.phil in May 2008.


When I was in school, I was very reserve and shy by nature. But when I came 
out I slowly transformed myself and communicating even with strange people. 
I am always ready to learn new things from all and share my knowledge with 
friends, colleagues, students and new persons. At the same time, I am more 
time conscious; sometimes because of this I am forced to face some tough 
situations from all sides. My hobby is to play chess, rread books, listen 
music and to make new friends.

Please feel ffree to call me or email with suggestions, new ideas and 
feedbacks; surely through your comments I will be more helpful and useful 
for the society.


If you have any interesting/informative tips or articles, please 
send/forward to:

Email: saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com / saravanan_2008 at hotmail.com

Phone no 044-26254318

MOBILE : 09840228250.

Skipe: speak-sarav

Waiting for your replies and comments.

Thanks with regards

Bye

Saravanan.R

English teacher.

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