Growing up she was home-schooled till 7th class mostly by her mother. It was in her 7th class that she went to school for the first time to write exams. She eventually succeeded in writing her 10th class exams but after that there were some challenges in getting admission to pre-university. After concerted efforts from her family and with the support from school management she was able to get permission to appear in exams and continued to be homeschooled. She had opted for Commerce stream. She enrolled in BCom(computers) and successfully finished it. Post graduation she enrolled for an MBA and simultaneously she was also preparing for some competitive exams. Eventually, she joined a private firm as a data entry operator and handled multiple responsibilities including that of customer care executive, quality analyst person and also a mentor to people with special abilities at the workplace. She worked there for 3.5 years and currently she is working in a foreign bank.
Sirisha also mentioned about her colleagues in office, especially the MD, who have been very cooperative and supportive. She also learnt Kannada to mingle with the employees and the Bangalore community. We asked Sirisha what her message is to the parents of kids with OI after experiencing the way her parents brought her up. She says,
“Why do you think the child has a critical condition? The child needs little bit extra care and the responsibility ought to be to nurture the child such that he/she can live independently at any cost. In that respect, education of child plays an important role. See that you are making your child fiercely independent”.Sirisha is also a National Awardee in the Best Employment category.
(This article was written by me for Indian Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation).