[AI] AI: New Member Saravanan.R

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Saravanan Ramadoss" <saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 9:10 PM
Subject: [AI] AI: New Member Saravanan.R

> 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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