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Pratik’s journey overcoming obstacles to IT achievement.

Meet Pratik Ghag, a Mumbai marvel who’s mastered the art of overcoming obstacles with unmatched determination. Born with 80 percent sight, Pratik’s journey took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with vision issues in the fifth grade due to Optic Disc Pallor and Macular Dystrophy. Despite this, he powered through his education in a regular school, relying on classmates for assistance and positioning himself strategically in the front row to see the Black board. Remarkably, he tackled exams single-handedly, proving his resilience from an early age.

Navigating Challenges:

Pratik pursued a degree in BSE IT, facing another hurdle in his second year when his vision deteriorated significantly. Undeterred, he embraced assistive technologies like magnifiers and enlarged phone fonts to navigate his studies, graduating successfully in 2019. However, his vision declined further post-graduation, leading to a period of uncertainty and depression as he grappled with his future in IT.

Empowerment Through Technology:

A turning point came in 2022 when Pratik discovered assistive technologies such as screen readers through a NGO. Empowered by this newfound knowledge, he embarked on a journey of learning, diving into a digital marketing career as a content writer for two years.

Expanding Horizons:

Driven by his passion for programming, Pratik seized opportunities to expand his skills. In 2023, he enrolled in various courses offered by Vision-Aid, including Python programming language and Digital

Accessibility Testing (DAT). Completing the DAT course ignited a newfound interest in digital accessibility testing.

Fulfilling Dreams:

Fuelled by his passion, Pratik pursued an internship under Vision-Aid, gaining valuable experience in the field. He now proudly serves as an accessibility tester at “Tek Systems”, fulfilling his dream of working in IT. Reflecting on his journey, Pratik expresses gratitude to Vision-Aid for transforming his aspirations into reality by offering him opportunities in various IT-related courses.

Pratik’s story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of accessibility in enabling individuals to pursue their dreams despite challenges.

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