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THE BLIND IN ARMENIA GET A CHANCE TO `SEE´ BOOKS DUE TO COMPUTER PROGRAM

YEREVAN, MARCH 5. ARMINFO. A computer center has opened at the Society of the Blind in Armenia created with support of a charitable union “Apaven.” Armenian Parliamentary Speaker Artur Baghdasaryan attended the opening ceremony.

Thirty-nine people received education at the center, one of the author- developers of the computer program for the blind “Arev,” Director of Yerevan Scientific and Research Institution of Mathematical Sciences, Academician Arman Kuchukyan informs journalists. The program allows the blind to study the alphabet on the keyboard independently, to read Armenians books and other printed materials and to use Internet through sounds. The program also allows calculations and use of the help service of the computer. The program “Arev” costs some $800.

Speaking at the ceremony, Artur Baghdasaryan promised assistance to the blind as regards employment, increase in wages and allowances. He said that in 2006 a republican educational center for the blind would open in Yerevan. He promised assistance to 20 blind students of Yerevan State University in purchase of personal computers. The speaker advised the members of the union to apply to the court demanding return of the building in Isahakayan Street 18. It should be noted that the Municipality sold the territory in 2002. The speaker assured those present that this territory was sold illegally and there were all the chances to win the case.

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