Sophia M. Joe is hearing impaired. This would not make much difference to anyone else other than Sophia herself and her loved ones. However, certain other things about her will surely make other curious to know more about her. She is a model, a medal-winning athlete, a painter, dancer, and a very confident girl who instantaneously proved the RTO wrong, when she was asked how she could drive a car being deaf. Sophia is the first person in Kerala with a hearing impairment who holds a driving license.
Sophia’s parents were unaware of the fact that their first child was born with such an irregularity and though they were taken aback as soon as they discovered it, they stood strong and decided to bring up their child exactly like other children in society. Bhavan’s Bala Mandir, the school where Sophia’s mother was a teacher, came to their rescue and so she was admitted there with all the other children.
“Right from the beginning my daughter proved her talent in academic as well as non-curricular activities,” says Goretti Joe, Sophia’s mother and her “official spokesperson”.