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Poems from Krishangi

I like writing poems because it helps me to express my feelings in a way that others would also understand it. I have been inspired by Dave Steele, the blind poet, and the first poem I wrote was for white cane day. This poem is to welcome spring.

Krish standing with her brother, holding her cane, standing at Epcot.

I like writing poems because it helps me to express my feelings in a way that others would also understand it. I have been inspired by Dave Steele, the blind poet, and the first poem I wrote was for white cane day. This poem is to welcome spring. Spring gives us happiness and joy in our heart. Hope you will like it.

The Beautiful Peeks of Spring

by Krishangi Shroff

The winter snow starts to melt, a beautiful sign of life begins.

Flowers, hope and dreams are here to stay, it’s time to let the glory of music lead the way.

Through the stones the stream starts to flow with a little bounce, 

The breeze from the humming bird’s wings as it flutters around.

The toasty sun warming up the heart, painting the future of a beautiful start.

Fragrance of sweet flowers drifting in the crisp air, 

The sun flower chasing the light looking warm and fair.

The sound of the bird is oh so bright, 

The sight of spring is full of delight. 

Krish standing outside while on vacation with her cane in hand.

I Stand Tall and With Pride 

by Krishangi Shroff 

I have magic in my hands, can’t you see 

This is my mobility cane and it moves with me 

I am not scared to be seen

Curious eyes, I know what they mean 

This power is my tool that I like to use 

This is helpful don’t feel amuse 

I use it to walk around

Find my way through the crowded grounds 

It looks skinny and tall

And on its tip it has a rolling ball

It’s strong and reliable

It never fails it doesn’t let me fall

Know that when you see me with it

Don’t think I am incapable

You don’t know how far I’ve gone

And the obstacles I have overcome 

Find your voice my friends, nothing can stop you

Remember what I am telling you

Your cane will always be your trusted guide

You will see the world with it by your side  

All About Krishangi

A photo of Krish sitting on a chair holding her cane, wearing a big smile.

Krishangi Shroff is a 13 year old girl and a student in the 7th grade. She is diagnosed with Usher syndrome and has dyslexia. She lives in Texas with her parents and her older sibling.

Krishangi is very passionate about the educational rights of children with disabilities, and wants
to see them being successful. She is a self advocate, and cares about disability education awareness, developing students’ self advocacy skills, and promoting disability inclusion in mainstream media. At the age of 11, she gave testimony in front of SBOE and TEA officials during the Texas Dyslexia Handbook revision in June 2021, sharing the need for dyslexia identification in children who are deaf, blind, and DeafBlind. After this, TEA issued a guidance document on SLD in children with sensory disabilities in April 2022. Her advocacy effort for the SLD identification in deaf, blind, and DeafBlind students during the Texas Dyslexia Handbook revision was recognized by Every Life Foundation for Rare Diseases, and she was named a finalist in the Teen Advocacy category for the Rare Voice Award, 2022. This award celebrates advocates who champion and amplify the rare disease patient voice in state and federal policy.

She is a panelist at Disability Book Week since 2021. She reviews and shares about books that show accurate disability representation, or are written by an author with disability. She also reviews the vision accessibility of the prints. She and her brother interviewed Dave Steele, The Blind Poet, for the Helen Keller awareness week 2022, theme ‘Changing Perspective- Diversity & Inclusion.’ She also worked along with her brother to get a proclamation letter from the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott and the Mayor of Little Elm to recognize the week of April 23-29 as Disability Book Week; and has organized a Disability Book Week event at her school. She has also organized fundraisers to raise money in support of NFADB, and Dallas Hearing Foundation.

She has given presentations, and was invited to be a part of Disability Book Week panelists to
speak at the Texas Advocates Gone Wild conference held on August 25-26 at Kalahari Resorts, in Round Rock, Texas. She has been invited as a speaker by Florida Agencies Serving the Blind at the Going Beyond Vision Loss Summit to be held on June 12, 2023, in Orlando. Her presentation is titled, “Finding My Voice: The Power of Self Advocacy for Students.” Krishangi enjoys writing poems, painting, singing, baking, and dancing. She loves traveling around the world with her family, making new friends, visiting museums, and trying new food.

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