Her overjoyed mother, Kaval Katija, told TOI: “When Dia was in the 8th standard in another prestigious school at Nerul, we found out that she was suffering from Learning Disability (dyslexia and attention deficit disorder). This so-called elite school suggested that Dia be segregated from other students and made to sit in the library alone. This was absolutely unacceptable.”
She and her husband then started searching for another school to transfer Dia to. “Many schools refused admission on the ground that Dia has LD. One prominent school which prides itself for promoting balanced education and sports also turned us down. We were therefore happy when our daughter was accepted by Modern School. Along with her teachers, I also paid extra attention to her studies. She also showed interest in sports and classical dancing,” said the mother.
“I want to tell all parents who have kids with LD to not worry or become anxious. Also, it is better not to isolate them from other students, as they only need to work a little harder on their studies to do well in academics,” said Katija.
Dia said that she will now pursue the commerce stream in junior college, and later try to join the Indian Army as an officer. “Since Dia is also good at sports, we are sure that she can achieve whatever she dreams of doing, including becoming an army officer,” said her mother.