Rama Aditia Adikara is a fiction and fantasy writer who started his career writing novels. He is a disabled person with total blindness, which means he cannot see anything. Yet, he still manage to write a number of books. He continues to write, one of his work is very famous among disabled people with visual impairment. The book titled Mata Kedua is a novel that build the readers spirit to continue their education. It is known that Rama’s fiction novels have a large fan base in the visually impaired community. Moreover, the fan base grew as Mitra Netra, a partner institution for visually impaired people made audio books from Rama’s fiction novels. Rama is also known to be very kind to give away his published books to his juniors who are also visually impaired.
Until now, this family man continues to write. However, as a blind artist, Rama often experience stigmas from the general community. But rather than fighting it, he prefers to educate the society.
“If it weren’t for us, who would educate the society about people with disabilities?” explained Rama during in an interview (Thursday/10/06/21).
Moreover, Rama revealed that he has fully accepted his condition. Instead, he feels happier and more optimistic when writing, being productive, even though negative stigma still comes at him. For him, there are no differences in the writing world between people with disability and those without disability. Especially today where internet makes it easy for everyone to write. Sending, correcting, or even editing the draft can be done at home by a disabled person.
“Not just about people with or without disability, we couldn’t even tell people with good behaviour or bad behaviour these days” argued Rama in the same interview.