Nagorno-Karabakh has few resources and little infrastructure to support those with disabilities, but the Rehabilitation Centre works to ensure that people with disabilities are given the opportunity to live fulfilling, healthy and happy lives.
HART is privileged to support the Rehabilitation Centre in the capital, Stepanakert, which has become an internationally recognised centre of excellence under the inspirational leadership of the founder and director Vardan Tadevosyan.
Here, you can watch a video about the Rehabilitation Centre, featuring an interview with Vardan:
The priority of the centre has always been to challenge stigma and empower individuals with disabilities to live independent lives, as active members of their communities.
The therapeutic repertoire includes physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, with high-quality tuition for patients in painting, ceramics, wood carving, pottery, music and sport. The Centre has a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and qualiﬁed staff to ensure its effective use.
Vardan has also proved innovative in breaking many of the entrenched Soviet taboos. While children with physical or mental handicaps have often been segregated, his nursery embraces children with and without disabilities who serve as path-breaking examples of integration. He has also broken the Soviet prejudice against the employment of people with disabilities, initially employing, for example, a blind psychologist for telephone counselling.
The Government of Nagorno-Karabakh now provides the main funding for the Centre. HART’s support contributes towards staff costs and the wider availability of drugs and therapies.
For regular updates, you can follow the Rehabilitation Centre on Facebook here.
Find their website here.