Transforming roles from patient to performer-watch their stories
story - Written by Ken Kurzweil of PWB
with both mental and physical challenges can be difficult for families
anywhere in the world. In India, because of a lack of resources and
understanding, many people with these challenges often face isolation,
negative stigmas and a difficult if not impossible road to acceptance,
success and happiness.
Nusrat was born with significant physical and
mental challenges into a Muslim family. Doctors told her parents that there
was no way to help her and that she would live her life without any
opportunity for independence or productivity. For many years, though she
attended school, Nusrat lived an unhappy, secluded life in her home.
During her late teenage years, something inside Nusrat told her that there
was more that she could do and that she could be helped. She had dreams of a
positive future that she wanted fulfilled. She heard about the Turning Point
from someone at school and on two occasions snuck out to see what the
Turning Point was all about. She talked to her parents about it, but they
were not receptive to the idea of her attending the program there. Over
time, her father became more curious and also secretly visited the Turning
Point. He became convinced that the program could help her and both he and
his wife enrolled Nusrat in the Turning Point.
Over the course of a
number of years with the Turning Point, with their amazing support, with
support from her family, and with Nusrat’s determination, her life has been
transformed. Prior to enrolling in the Turning Point, one of Nusrat’s hands
was limp and barely functional. With basic physical therapy,exercise and
strong will, Nusrat is now doing beautiful hand stitching of all kinds. When
given the choice between walking a long distance or being driven there,
Nusrat always chooses to walk even though one leg is impaired.
wonderful about meeting Nusrat is her beautiful positive attitude and pride
she has for all of her accomplishments. Her contagious smile filled with
laughter spreads to everyone when she talks about or is told about her
accomplishments. Most touching were the comments by her very supportive and
proud parents who told me that before she entered the program at the Turning
Point, they worried constantly about what would happen to Nusrat after they
died. Now, they are confident that she can and will live a happy, productive
and independent life after they are gone. Dreams can come true with the
right support and determination.
Piu's story-Piu was restless &
aggressive. She was never happy. She would not follow any instruction, had
difficulty to concentrate & never showed any signs of interest in the
surrounding world. It was difficult to make her participate in the day to
day routine activities of Turning Point in the beginning.
generally follows instruction, developed the motivation to learn,thinks
rationally, participates in discussion & debates, enjoys movement therapy &
social Therapy games & learns music with interest. She even focuses on
computer & spoken English.
Deepan Khastagir came to Turning Point
encircled in his obsessive thoughts his fearful anger.He is a transformed
young adult now. He is aware of his symptoms, grown the desire to fight back
obsession & has an intense desire to move forward.He can now independently
evaluate his fellow classmates & ties to motivate them too.
overwhelmed when he received a prizei n a photography competition & was
offered a mike to press his feelings.He never ever thought that he could be
a speaker in a public forum some day.
This initiated his hidden talents &
he wants to develop & move forward. At present he is pursuing a computer
course & enjoying his regular classes at Turning Point.