Determined student with a disability strives for self-satisfaction

Fizza Haider, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is an international student who chose Purdue for its superior guided assistance. (Provided Photo/The Exponent)
Fizza Haider, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is an international student who chose Purdue for its superior guided assistance. (Provided Photo/The Exponent)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – A visually-impaired student credits the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for helping her transition from a third-world country to Purdue.

Fizza Haider, an international student from Pakistan and a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, has not let her disability hinder her from pursuing her education at Purdue.

Haider was diagnosed with a disease at a very young age that impaired her vision. Shortly after graduating high school, Haider lost all of her vision and was no longer able to continue working her job as a kindergarten teacher. She tried multiple times to attend community college near her hometown, but there was no system in place to assist her. She said she lost confidence after having to drop out of school. Ten years after she graduated high school, she re-enrolled in college.

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