Cubans Teach their Blind and Deaf Children First Aid Techniques

2013.05.18 – 13:43:56 /

Cubans Teach their Blind and Deaf Children First Aid Techniques
HAVANA, Cuba.- A training program for deaf and blind children opened in central Villa Clara province in an effort to teach the kids first-aid actions, so that they help rescue victims of accidents and natural disasters.

Cuban Red Cross official Osvaldo Diaz Reyes, who heads the initiative, said that the training is being taken by groups of 15 or 20 children, who acquire the necessary skills to protect themselves and help others in case of domestic accidents and catastrophes.

A major aspect of the training is the teaching of basic first-aid techniques, including reanimation, Diaz noted. Tomas Delgado, a Red Cross instructor in Santa Clara, explained that the training takes into account the characteristics of the specific disability of each child.

Marisela Carpio, a teacher at the Fructuoso Rodriguez special school, where the exercise was implemented, said that the subject will be included in the school curriculum as part of the Civic Education subject.

The initiative was implemented following a request by directives from the Deaf and Blind associations in the central province, who suggested the creation of mechanisms that favored the individual independence of their associates.



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