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Vijay was just two and a half when polio left him unable to walk properly. Despite being an extremely bright boy, such is the prejudice against disabled people that when he finished nursery school, he was refused admission to the nearest primary school. Fortunately Leonard Cheshire Disability came to his aid. We arranged for him to be assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon and a physiotherapist. Now Vijay receives regular therapy to strengthen his legs and the project team has also given him specialised equipment to help him walk more easily. We also helped to find Vijay a place at one of the schools which are taking part in the project. At first, he was something of a curiosity to his fellow pupils, but he quickly became accepted, and both teachers and pupils have been very supportive. They help him with his studies and also encourage him to be part of the games, recreational activities and discussions. It has meant everything to Vijay to be accepted at school like other children. He says: "I do not feel that I am a person with a disability when I am with my classmates." Now Vijay has big ambitions for the future. He wants to be a doctor so that he can take care of the people in his village. He says: ‘Enrolment at school has brought new hope in my life’. To find out how you can give more children like Vijay the chance to go to school, click here.