Aditi is the owner of Aditi's corner, a cafe she runs in Bhoomi Mall, Belapur, Mumbai. The cafe serves light snacks, homemade meals.
Aditi has Down syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects one in every 800-1,000 live births.
Down syndrome is caused because of a Chromosomal defect since birth. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability.
There is no cure for Down syndrome. Education and proper care have been shown to improve quality of life. Most important is the constant support and motivation from the family and parents and their equal acceptance by the society.
And she is really doing well with her determination. She takes orders, wipes the table, manages accounts, handle phone calls and if the place is running short on inventory, she will make a note.
"I used to get bored at home," says a proud Aditi when asked about why she enjoys coming here. "Here I can do whatever I want."
The cafe was gifted by her parents who wanted to keep her busy and happy. They wanted to ensure that she becomes self-reliant. The cafe is now in good shape and achieved its break even within the first three months.
“Accept your child for who they are,” said Aditi’s father, Amit Verma. “Kids who suffer from Down’s syndrome are lovely children and I feel blessed to have Aditi. The key is to give them space. They are thorough with their work and are dedicated individuals. Once you teach them something, they will retain it for life. There is no need to overprotect them. The children need to live their lives on their terms,” he added.
“I love working in the cafe and always wanted one of my own. With my parents’ support, I have learned to manage the work myself,” said Aditi
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