School vice-director Oneida Villanueva said that along with Braille machines, the students are also provided with eye and ear treatment by six doctors and specialists in these medical fields; they also have a weekly pediatric and psychiatric consultation.
Villanueva added that these kids are also assisted by speech therapists, psycho-pedagogues, experts in rehabilitation, dentists and art instructors. She said these physically impaired children have a very particular vision of the world, since their experience reaches as far as their fingers can go, so their relatives and professors have the challenge of maintaining communication with them, either through body language, or other physical methods.
These actions along the use of their fingers, gestures, and daily routine allow the students to express their needs, interests and likes.
Cuba develops a far-reaching and systematic treatment for physical impaired children since a very early age. Over 160 deaf-blind children and youths are incorporated to educational centers in Cuba, while several of them have been benefitted with cochlear implants, a modern technique that allows recovering their hearing.
The world marks International Day of the Deaf-Blind People every June 27, date of the birthday of American citizen Helen Keller, who suddenly became deaf-blind at the age of 19 months. Keller organized campaigns in favor of the rehabilitation of these impaired people.