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Al-Andari, the Only Blind Fixes Typewriters for the Blind.

Sweida, Southern Syria, (SANA)- The loss of his sight did not cause Hasan al-Andari to lose his insight or aspiration to achieve self-affirmation in life as he has now become the only blind in Syria with the capacity to repair and fix typewriters for the blind.

Al-Andari's story began when he was in the seventh grade when he asked his father to teach him how to fix his own typewriter which had broken down.

In deed, al-Andari learned and since then he always repaired his own typewriter and those of his friends, and now he fixes between 75 and 80 typewriters during one school year at Damascus-based Special Education for Rehabilitation of the Blind Institute where he is employed.

Talking to SANA, al-Andari described his job as difficult, demanding effort and concentration.

"It depends on the sense of touch in the fixing process which sometimes takes 6 consecutive hours." "My great happiness is when I discover a new failure other than the routine failures and am able to fix it." Al-Andari's services at the Institute are not limited to repairing typewriters.

He offers other technical help and is skillful in computer maintenance and installing digital TV receivers.

Director of the Institute Ahmad al-Kinj said that al-Andari was one of the distinguished students, which is why he was later employed in the Printing Department which requires hard work, and therefore has become the only blind in Syria working in repairing Braille copiers for the students.

Married with a three-year-old son, al-Andari voiced gratitude for his father because "he gave me the confidence to depend on myself.

He used to leave me on a byroad to walk on my own without anybody's help, which has enabled me now to walk through all neighborhoods of Damascus.

"He has many traits which you might not find in any other man whose eyesight is intact," said Lina, al-Andari's wife.

Rula, his sister, said "I never feel he is blind.

His movements inside the house are quite normal.

He helped me in learning how to drive a car theoretically through his understanding of the mechanisms of car engine and speed limit change."Rula feels proud of her brother who, she said, moved to the second grade at the Institute within a week after he was able to memorize the Braille alphabet in three days.Haifa

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Date:Sep 3, 2010
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