Boy writes exam blindfolded to spread eye dontion awarenes
COIMBATORE: R Madheswaran, a Class 7 boy at Sri Ramakrishna Matriculation Higher Secondary in Coimbatore, has normal eyesight. He wanted to feel how the blind experienced the world and to spread awareness on eye donation. For this purpose, the 12-year-decided to try a novel way.
On Friday, Madheswaran appeared for the quarterly exam blindfolded and completed it in the prescribed two hours. The boy said he took on this challenge to spread awareness on the many talents that blind people possess.
Madheswaran possesses some “cool” skills like being able to watch television and understand dialogues despite it being on mute, being able to read phone messages, question papers and text books blindfolded.
The boy decided to try his newly acquired skills in his quarterly exams. He decided to write a two-hour long English paper with a blindfold on.
The paper was not set in Braille and neither were the alphabets embossed. “Every alphabet and number has a different smell, so by just concentrating on the sheet of a paper for a few minutes I can read the words and sentences in my mind,” he said.
The boy can also write his answers on a proper ruled sheet of paper, without his sentences and handwriting running haywire on the paper.
“Again from the smell and writing on the sheets earlier, I know where the margins are and know where the inked lines fall. So I naturally write between the lines,” he said.
Madheswaran’s parents said their son acquired these special skills after they had sent him to a brain fold activation programme. “We sent him to a programme called TIA, where they teach them aerobics, fingering exercises along with other brain exercises. After the beginner level classes itself, his concentration improved and he could sense a lot of things with a blindfold on,” says his businessman father, N Rajendran.
His parents suggested that he try writing an exam with a blindfold on to spread awareness on eye donation to the many blind people who require it.
“I realised how the blind see the world how strong their concentration was on sensing things they could not see. I realised how powerfully their lives would change if given a pair of eyes. So my parents approached my school and my teachers readily allowed it,” said Madheswaran.
“It will also be very helpful if many visually impaired students could get this brain training,” said school vice-principal Vanaja.
credit : timesofindia