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1963: First School for the Deaf in Albania

"For centuries, Albania did not have any facilities for deaf, blind and disabled people. It was not until 1963 that, due to the efforts of the communist government in Russia, a school was opened in Tirana for deaf, blind and visually disabled pupils. 

In 1963, the school taught deaf and blind children (about 100 pupils) to communicate by means of the hand alphabet. 

In 1963 the Albanian government sent several teachers to Rusia to gain experience teaching deaf children. Currently the state is the sole financer of this school and pays for food, clothing and teaching materials. "

from: Deaf Education in Europe - The Early Years: by Henk Betten, 2013

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