Tell us in detail how you managed to complete your studies, and especially how you took your exams.
I studied in a special school for the blind, so I was provided all the facilities a blind student requires. Fortunately, my family has always been extremely supportive, and with their help, I managed to pursue my studies further. In school (till grade 8), I took my exams in Braille. As far as board exams are concerned (from grade 9 to graduation), I took exams with a writer, who used to write while I dictated. I had a little trouble in mathematics, but, Alhumdulillah, it all went fine. I always carry a tape recorder to record notes and lectures, which later helps me in compiling my notes.
How do you manage to access the Internet?
I work on computer with the help of voice software called Jaws. I can browse and find my notes, cases (I am currently a law student), check my e-mail, use Skype, download anything, Alhumdulillah. I have absolutely no problem in writing what I am writing!
What are your interests and how do you pursue them?
I am very much interested in current affairs and sports. I am one of those fortunate people who have access to Braille books, and I love reading. I keep track of the news regularly and keep myself updated with the latest happenings in politics.
Tell us about Braille, and how it has helped you?
Braille is a special system devised especially for the blind. It consists of six dots and is read by finger touch. Braille has helped me a lot in studies. I used to use a slate and stylus. You put the paper between the slate and with the help of a stylus punch holes in the paper. Then I got my very own Braille, which is more like a type writer. It speeds up my work.
What is the reaction of your classmates to you being a special student?
Alhumdulillah, I have always had very good classmates, who have been very understanding and supportive. They have never showed any hesitation in interacting with me or helping me, or asking for help.
What can the youth do for the needs of special students?
I think youth should be given more information about the people with special needs. There are schools which need volunteers to help such students gain confidence and feel connected to the outside world. There are many children who are not as fortunate to get in touch with a lot of things I have. I would definitely encourage younger generation to volunteer at schools for visual, physical and mentally impaired people.
How does your family support you?
My parents both have worked twice as hard on me, as they had to go an extra mile for me. My mother learnt Braille especially for me. My siblings and relatives also support me in anything I do.
What are your plans for the future?
After I graduate, I plan to do my Masters degree. Then, I would love to practice as a lawyer independently, Insha’Allah.