U.S. Blockade Affects Cuban Children with Special Education Needs

Guantanamo, Cuba Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. blockade against Cuba affects rehabilitation programs for students with hearing and vision impaired, said here today Dr. Dagmaris Bosch, PhD in Pedagogical Sciences.

The main challenge of this teaching is to rehabilitate children with special education needs so they can be incorporated into society, but that is not possible without technology, which is purchased abroad and whose price is increased by buying it in a third country, explained the specialist.

Bosch told Prensa Latina that, as director of the special school June 14, located in this city in the far east of the country, she has witnessed the consequences for these children of the policy imposed by Washington against the island.

High-grade glasses and lenses for myopia patients are missing, as well as the equipment for rehabilitating squint and amblyopic children; it is difficult to purchase machines and Braille sheets for blind and visually impaired children, she explained.

We need those equipments that contribute to the correction and compensation of their sensorial affectations and most of the times we cannot count on them.

Some are old and have been conserved by our care, all this limits our work and the children learning, said Bosch.

The specialist explained that thanks to the Cuban State and independently of the economic and commercial financial blockade, some students of the center have received the cochlear implant, which has a cost of 50,000 dollars each.

That is why the labor of love done by teachers, health specialists and service personnel of our school is so important, because those are the weapons we have used to face the blockade for more than 50 years, she stressed.

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