A major pact of intent was signed between the UICI (Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired), section of Caserta and Liceo “Garofano” of Capua, during an interesting conference held on Wednesday, March 2nd.
The meeting between five UICI experts and students from all secondary classes of the Institute, supported by the Director, Prof. Mariachiara Menditto, organized and edited by the Instrumental Function for Inclusion, prof. Anna Cittadini, assisted by the Instrumental Function for Interventions and Services for the Benefit of Students, prof. Anna Chiappini, aims to raise awareness in the school community about the issue of visual impairment and to implement Law 126 of 3 August 2007, which established the National Braille Day (21 February) .
The UICI was born in Genoa in 1920, founded by Aurelio Nicolodi, an officer who lost his sight in World War I.
“Welcome, listen, support, protect, share, inclusive, are the founding values of the UICI, which for 100 years promotes the equality of rights with commitment, passion, dedication, toughness and authority to shed light, in part seen and with multiple disabilities, throughout Italy.
Through its representatives and many volunteer members, the UICI has waged many political and social struggles, through which the blind and visually impaired are recognized as fundamental rights: to name a few, the right to study in the common school and the right to work. .
Lawyer Giulia Cannavale, President of the UICI of Caserta, opened the session, introduced the subject of Braille and pointed out that, even if it does not seem so, in reality this system of reading-writing is around us : simply take a box of medicines and touch them on the lower part, to touch with the touch “the” points that represent words.
Professor Pietro Piscitelli, President of the UICI of Campania, touched the heart of the speech by speaking of Braille, “a system of writing, not a language”, which was introduced in the first half of the 19th century by Frenchman Louis Braille was developed. from which he takes the name, based on the combination of 6 points, arranged on a 3×2 matrix and with a box of a few millimeters, in which it is engraved with an awl on a sheet of thick paper or plastic.
Afterwards, Professor Anna Patrizia Farina (Head of the Centro di tiflologia di Caserta) explained what tiflology is, or a science that studies the conditions and problems of the blind in order to find solutions. Dr. Farina then, with several examples, showed some activities that allow the blind to participate in school and be active: relief models that give “visibility”, the Braille tablet and the Dactylobraille.
Later, Drs. Vincenzo Del Piano, Director of the Institute of Research, Training and Rehabilitation (I.Ri.Fo.R) of Campania, concluded the study by the study assistants and showed through short videos how the assistive computer science students of all levels study all disciplines and use the internet and social media.
Dr. Stefano Scirocco (Psychologist) dismisses prejudices and preconceptions about visual impairment, emphasizing through concrete examples from everyday life and school life that in order to master Braille, using typhoid didactic and tiflo-computer aids correctly, they are toughness, a family and a supportive school context are needed.
Dean Piscitelli concluded the session by stating that true inclusion is not so much achieved not only through technological tools, but with a cultural revolution that must be based on respect for human dignity.
Finally, on the occasion of this meeting, the teacher of our lyceum, prof. Mariachiara Menditto, signed the letter of intent between the “Garofano” Lyceum and the UICI, which also provides for a fruitful collaboration with the Italian blind library “Regina Margherita”. “and I.Ri.Fo.R.
What about our students? We have certainly changed our “point of view” quite a bit: we are really blind and partially seen when we try not to find alternative routes and passable passages in relation to barriers, walls, conditions, prejudices, taboos that really “darken” our lives.
Melissa De Rosa, Rosalia Deodato 2BInt