Marine Hakobyan: we can brighten up human lives with our attitude

The RA law on social protection of disabled people ensures equal rights for all Armenian citizens.

The RA law on social protection of disabled people ensures equal rights for all Armenian citizens. According to the law, any person, no matter whether he/she has physical or mental problems, is entitled to receive special education of all levels (from secondary to higher). Actually, inclusive education is available in a small number of schools and doesn’t often meet required standards.

PanARMENIAN.Net - “We should bear in mind that not every child needing a special education is disabled and not every disabled child needs specific education conditions. For example, if a child has hearing problems, it’s just enough to buy a hearing device to let him study with other children in an ordinary school,” expert Marine Hakobyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

“The problem is that aid is rendered only to those people whose disability is registered. However, people with physical and mental problems are often not registered as disabled. Mentally retarded people are the most vulnerable stratum of the population and our task is to reveal their string points. Special educational institutions and colleges could be an ideal place for them. It’s scientifically proved, for example, that people suffering from autism can do work requiring utmost concentration,” she said.

The expert also addressed to another urgent problem: disabled people are often used as source of income by organizations allegedly protecting their rights. “Schools practicing inclusive education are better financed, so sometimes directors of such schools present temporary difficulties the pupils experience as disability,” she said

“I would like to emphasize that it’s incorrect to form an impression of a person with half an eye. We can really brighten up human lives with our attitude,” Ms. Hakobyan concluded.

Mane Amirjanyan / PanARMENIAN News
 Most popular in the section
Thies Clemenz: I wish that the Dram will continue to power Armenia’s economy as it moves into the next stage of its growth.
On May 28, Armenia marks the Day of the First Republic proclaimed in 1918 following a victory over Ottoman Forces in Sardarapat Battle.
Napalm is a mixture of a thickening/gelling agent and petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device.
The overwhelming majority give preference to the sea. Affordability comes first, followed by the location of the hotel and sand beach.
 At focus
VivaCell-MTS presents mobile communication history to students

VivaCell-MTS presents mobile communication history to students “I think it will be useful if we share the rich experience and the practical skills with the young generation,” Ralph Yirikian said.

 More articles in this section
15 years later: Armenia parliament shooting In court, the leader of the group insisted the terrorist act was meant to “rid Armenia from the anti-national regime.”
From the history of Armenian coins: Jubilee and commemorative coins The CBA has issued series of silver, gold, copper-nickel alloy coins since 1994; 193 types of coins were issued as of Feb 2013.
From the history of Armenian coins: Investment coins In many countries, transactions with investment coins are VAT-exempt, what makes them attractive for the population.