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More Computer Courses for the Cuban Blind and Visually Impaired
In an exclusive interview, the head of Public Relations of the National Association for the Blind (ANCI), Antonio Abalat, told ACN that there are five such facilities equipped with modern computers already offering their services in the country. Users receive basic instruction for four months for Internet navigation and on-line teaching.

The Project, sponsored by the Foundation of the Organization of Spanish Blind for Latin America, is a way to increase the knowledge of the blind community. At the same time, it's a source of labor, since it incorporates ANCI members as laboratory technicians.

Branches in Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Ciudad de La Habana, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba provinces have already installed the JAWS screen reading program, while Sancti Spíritus is giving the final touches to the center's construction work.

This software contributes to identifying and interpreting what is shown on the screen, by way of text to voice synthesizers, sound icons, or a Braille output.

The more than 30,700 Cuban associates benefit from these courses, which accredit them as computer system operators and gives them knowledge comparable to that of a graduate from Computer and Electronics Clubs.


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