The following is an excerpt from the article titled Priyanka Dewan: The Roller-Skating Star Who Beat Disability Stigma published by BBC News. It is part of the second edition of BBC’s India Sportswoman of The Year series.
In 2019, she won three medals—a gold, silver and bronze—at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
She says life has been tough on her. She was born with an intellectual disability and endured a lot of bullying while growing up.
But through it all, she says, she is grateful for her mother's support and urges everyone to "support children with disabilities."