Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cuba helped thousands of visually impaired people

More than 14,000 visually impaired people have been rehabilitated in Cuba since the creation of the National Association for the Blind (ANCI) in 1975. The island's initiatives aimed at the full social integration of those citizens include the National Center for the Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired People, which has hosted over 1,500 students over the last 16 years.

There are also municipal rehabilitation facilities where the blind are taught to use electronic canes, to calculate using abacuses and to write using the Braille system.
Likewise, occupational and visual rehabilitation therapies are put into practice with those who are not completely sightless.


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