Standing at 165cm tall and weighing almost 90kg, Yashvanthan s/o Rajendran may be big in size but in reality, is as gentle as a mouse could be. Yash, as he is known to all, was diagnosed with severe visual impairment (retinitis pigmentosa in both eyes) and was found to be mentally challenged, displaying some autistic features.
His father is a hawker while his mother works as an operator at a factory here. He has a brother Mugilan, who is also visually impaired, working at the Wellness Center as a masseur.
As Yash is slightly autistic, he can be a little bit shy, refusing eye contact and not speaking to people. However, surprisingly, despite his shy personality, his gentleman side prevailed right from the start! He is always ever ready to greet the people he knows by taking their hands and sometimes kissing them (sometimes with a loud smooch) like a gentleman, before slowly easing away to return to what he was doing.
Since enrolling in the DBMH program, his speech and understanding has improved and he can also return envelopes to the appeals department on his own. However, Yash vast improvement in motor skills was a total surprise to his teachers, “Instead of threading only one bead at a time, he managed to thread 5 beads at one go!” exclaimed one of his teachers. His steady improvements have enabled him to become more independent as well.
Enrolling in SNH’s DBMH program has certainly changed Yashvanthan’s life and with the donations received through Global Giving, we can look forward towards improving the lives of the other children in the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Handicapped program.
Our sincerest gratitude goes out to you for your generous donations. Thank you for your continued support and compassion.