Woman biker-entrepreneur with disability won’t let that stop her

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Archana Timmaraju is hearing impaired but has not let her disability weaken her enthusiasm and optimism for life. Born with only 40 percent hearing ability, 35-year-old Archana cannot hear the sound of motorcycles completely. However, this did not deter her from completing an 8,400 km long, cross-country ride from Bangalore to Leh along with her colleague in 2018, which took her 30 days to complete.

Born with only 40 percent hearing ability, 35-year-old Archana cannot hear the sound of motorcycles completely. However, this did not deter her from completing an 8,400 km long, cross-country ride from Bangalore to Leh along with her colleague in 2018, which took her 30 days to complete.

What’s even more heartening is that Archana is also the co-founder of Silent Expedition, a startup that helps disabled people with travel and exploration opportunities. Through Silent Expedition, she wants to motivate future generations, and dismiss stereotypes regarding disability, especially disabled women. Armed with a BFA and an MFA, Archana also teaches art and metal sculpture at Aditi Mallya International School in Bengaluru. Over the years, with the help of consistent speech therapy, she has been able to improve her sign language skills and speech. She “speaks” only English, lip reads, and uses sign language with people who have hearing disabilities.

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/herstory/2020/07/woman-entrepreneur-biker-hearing-impaired

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