Karen Vartikyan, 11, attends John Kirakosyan Basic School No. 20 in Yerevan. Still in 2007 this school became “inclusive”, which means that since then it has accepted children with different mental and physical disabilities. Karen’s mother Yelena says that progress made by her son during the school years is incomparable to what it was before. At first she thought that Karen only needed to communicate with his coevals. But due to the daily attention and care of other pupils, teachers and psychologists Karen has been able to overcome his difficulties and display all of his abilities. Margarita Vardanyan, who is the head teacher for Karen’s class, believes it is very important that children with different problems can grow together as it cultivates the caring attitude among them – something that she says they will need very much in the future.
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