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Dulerain

Nikita

LITHUANIA

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“It has been a long and arduous journey for Nikita to adapt to our world.”

Nikita Dulerain was born 14th June 2004 in Vilnius, Lithuania. His life story was seemingly determined by medical diagnoses - cerebral palsy, epilepsy, minor learning disability and autistic traits. The prognosis was very serious – doctors claimed he would be unable to walk, to speak or to hold a pen, leaving him unable to write, draw or do many other basic things that most other children could.

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It has been a long and arduous journey for Nikita to adapt to our world. Everything that normal people do without a second thought, he had to spend long years learning. Breathing, swallowing, using cutlery, recognizing human emotions, differentiating cold from hot, good from evil. However, God gave Nikita a surplus of patience and determination. When he was learning to walk, he fell down with every step. But every single time, he got up and kept walking. When learned to speak – he started to motivate himself – “keep trying, work harder, you can do it!” It is as if despite learning many words, Nikita forgot to learn the word “impossible.”

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With the support of his family and many years of rehabilitation, Nikita became able to do much more than walk and talk. He can do many things which seemed inconceivable in the beginning. There is a widespread belief that if a child with many disabilities doesn’t learn something by the age of 7, it’s strongly unlikely that they ever will. But this is not true. When Nikita was 11, he said goodbye to his wheelchair forever. When he was 12, he learned to swim. At 13, he could read (now he speaks and reads in two languages). At 17 he could finally heat up his own food and bring his plate to the dinner table.

He is completely devoid of fear, because he knows for certain that his mum and younger brother are always there for him.

In Eastern Europe, social integration for children with special needs is very poor. An environment of accessibility is nothing but a dream in many countries. But despite this, Nikita’s family did everything possible so that he could live a normal life full of happiness and fulfilment.

Nikita spent a long time learning to express his emotions. For many years, he would just scream a lot and frequently. He desperately needed routine and rules; a clear understanding of exactly what would happen in the near future.

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Nikita rode a horse, swam with dolphins, went into crypts and underground tunnels, flew on a hot air balloon, went camping and climbed to the peaks of mountains. He is completely devoid of fear, because he knows for certain that his mum and younger brother are always there for him. In all his baby pictures, Nikita is always smiling, and it isn’t obvious from them that he is a child with special needs, standing up on his own in some photographs without any support. But always, behind the camera stands his little brother, ready to give him a hand for support at any moment. This is very important - to know there’s someone an arm’s length away who won’t let you fall.

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In Eastern Europe, social integration for children with special needs is very poor. An environment of accessibility is nothing but a dream in many countries. But despite this, Nikita’s family did everything possible so that he could live a normal life full of happiness and fulfilment.

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Nikita spent a long time learning to express his emotions. For many years, he would just scream a lot and frequently. He desperately needed routine and rules; a clear understanding of exactly what would happen in the near future. If you jumbled up the words in his favorite story, he could cry for several days. If his hands got covered in paint or ink, he would become horrified. But through hard work and perseverance, it became possible to overcome this.

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