October 5, 2010

President Ilham Aliyev attended opening of the Nakhchyvan Regional Information Center for Physically Handicapped Persons

One of the major objectives of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which takes quite active part in the public life of the country, solution of social problems, is to help people needing special care, protect their health, solve social problems. For this purpose, Nakhchyvan Regional Information Center for Physically Handicapped Persons has been founded in the basis of the joint project by Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and UNDP. 

President Ilham Aliyev attended opening of the Center, October 5.

The President received a warm welcome in the event.

After cutting the red ribbon, President Ilham Aliyev was familiarized with the Center.

The well-equipped Center includes reading hall, learning and training centre, audio library, recording studio converting literature fund into audio format, computer center with high-speed Internet.

The Center has 2 computer rooms, each with 24 computers, and a learning room with 12 computers. Braille display, VideoLight Enhancer has been installed on computers. Thanks to Braille display, blind persons can use Internet. Via the display a user gains and posts the information on the monitor. VideoLight Enhancer that consists of automatically focusing camera and table lamp enhances any information as required. Poet-Compact Easy Reading Machine plays any information in Azeri, Turkic, English, Russian and other languages and saves it on CD. Poet Compact has an enormous memory: the built-in hard disk can save a huge quantity of pages that can be easily retrieved and read out again.    

Games developing intellect of mentally retarded people have been installed on computers in the intellectual game room.   


The library contains up to 1000 Braille books for the blind and large-font books for the visually impaired. Recording studio will assure the library with audiobooks.

The 2-floor Center has 60-seat movie hall, where subtitle films for the deaf and dumb will be shown, and 40-person assembly hall. The Center includes all facilities for those with invalid carriage. Renovation works have been done, rest corners created in the yard of the 860-sq.m building. The Center will cover Nakhchyvan City and 7 districts of the Autonomous Republic.   

A respective center was established in Ganca City within the project by Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and UNDP. The Center serves over 60.970 disabled persons living in Ganca and Naftalan cities, Agstafa, Dashkesen, Gazakh, Gedebey, Goranboy, Samukh, Tovuz, Goygol, Shemkir districts.

The project will assure active participation of the physically disabled in society, expand their access to ICT to get information and improve their knowledge, increase their employment.

Greeting the residents, President Ilham ALIYEV said:

I congratulate you. Creation of this wonderful place is a landmark incident. Every condition has been assured here for physically handicapped people. As you know, Heydar Aliyev Foundation performs huge activity, carries out great works in field of school construction, supply of hospitals with equipment, protection of our cultural heritage in all regions of Azerbaijan. It also helps children, juniors, orphans.

Creation of this center should be assessed as a sign of the state policy in this field in Azerbaijan. The state of Azerbaijan very successfully implements its social programmes and I am very happy that public organizations join these works too. Among public organizations Heydar Aliyev Foundation plays special role. All equipments here meet the highest world standards. Children with physical disabilities will study here. They will not be isolated from society. All citizens in Azerbaijan must be provided with all opportunities to take their place in society irrespective of physical abilities. Ill and physically disabled children will study in this beautiful building and I am sure will find their place in society. I thank all people involved in this kind job, organizing these works. I express my gratitude to teachers, trainers. It is a huge kindness indeed. I believe children will appreciate it too. I once again congratulate you.  


Speaking on behalf of the residents, Aygun KHUDIYEVA thanked President Ilham Aliyev and President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva for the construction of the Center. 

President Ilham ALIYEV said:

This is an information center, but actually this is a school, a learning and training center. This is a nice building, its look and circumstances here are magnificent. There are all necessary equipments here. It is a huge job, nice job. My congratulations again.

A photograph was taken in the end.