Ramón Téllez Peña special school, in Las Tunas

The multidisciplinary care and constant training of the medical and pedagogical staff characterize the work of the Ramón Téllez Peña special school, in Las Tunas, in which 157 students receive personalized attention and the guarantee of one of the most basic human rights: education.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Maira Calzadilla Noa, director of the center, stated that the school welcomes children from early childhood to sixth grade, with different sensory, auditory and visual disabilities.

A group of 145 workers; 94 of them, teachers, offer permanent care, which is distinguished among other specialists, by the performance of sign language interpreters, speech or language therapists, psycho pedagogues and counseling support teachers.

Such performance is supported by the Education and Public Health directorates and it is complemented by an Ophthalmology consultation and the work of a visual stimulator, as well as periodic stomatological reviews and the work of workshop teachers who train the students to if necessary develop some trade in the future.

This labor of infinite love is also consolidated with the work of the general service assistants, who help students in activities of daily life such as eating, bathing, playing and the leisure time they have as part of living together in the center, by staying there permanently, away from home.

All this work is carried out despite the effects of the economic-commercial and financial blockade that limits the acquisition of essential means such as Braille machines, elementary for the learning of reading in blind or low vision children, and also impairs access to tools of instruction for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Maira Calzadilla Noa emphasizes that teachers and service personnel work with devotion and commitment, with the supreme objective of achieving the inclusion of students into society.