Parasports February 28, 2018
This 13-year-old hearing impaired national champion in rifle shooting rarely misses the mark
Natasha Joshi, a 13-year-old who is hearing impaired, is showing time and again that disability is not a hurdle when it comes to aiming for the stars. Currently Natasha is a national gold medallist in rifle shooting in the under-14 years category. She is eyeing nothing less than gold for India in the Special Olympics.
Natasha was diagnosed with a hearing impairment when she was less than two years old. Her parents were determined not to let this affect her dreams.
It was hard to remain positive given the many barriers Natasha faced just because she is hearing impaired. Her parents struggled to get her admitted into a good school. Most schools rejected her because she was hearing impaired. They thought her presence would affect the progress of other students.
Stigma and barriers that Natasha was able to tackle thanks to the unconditional love and support from her parents and others around her.
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