Physio training for blind launched

By Cherry Thein
Volume 31, No. 620
March 26 - April 1, 2012

A PHYSIOTHERAPY training course for the visually impaired got underway earlier this month at Kyeemyindaing School for Blind in Yangon.

The course is the second of its type the school has hosted and is co-organised by the Blind Massage Development Foundation and Old Students Society for Blind. It began on March 12 and focuses on Japanese physiotherapy methods as well as anatomy and business management, a spokesperson for the school said, adding that 10 students were selected to participate.

The course is taught by experienced physiotherapists from both Japan and Myanmar and will be free of charge. It will run to June 5 and students will receive free accommodation and meals.

Physiotherapy is a form of massage treatment that relieves muscle strain and alleviates the effects of illness or injury.

U Zaw Htwe Oo, a teacher and physiotherapist at the school, said the aim was to teach blind people a vocational skill that could help them earn a living.

He said most blind people don’t get the chance to join a special school or learn vocational subjects, and some do not finish school.

“We trained eight students in last year’s course and seven have since been employed, with one continuing their studies.”