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Donation to PA BiH aids blind memberParliamentary Assembly of BiH

The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently received computer equipment and programs for the blind and other resources for work enabling the blind, including Deputy Adnan Bašić, to work without obstacles.

Cooperating with USAID to make this purchase happen were Deputy Bašić, the Library for the blind and partially sighted persons in BiH and the firm Asistansia Ltd., which will supply, install and service aid for the visually-impaired. Asistansia will also be educating users of the equipment.

Deputy Bašić, who was blinded in the early 1990s during the Bosnia-Herzegovina war, was recently elected as a delegate for the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH. As the oldest deputy, Bašić serves as temporary chairman of the House of representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly.

The Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly, with the support of USAID's Parliamentary Strengthening Project in BiH, which is administered by SUNY Center for International Development, has ensured Adnan Bašić can perform his deputy duties without limitations, according to a statement from the Library for the blind and partially sighted persons in BiH.

As reported in the online Bosnian magazine Sutra, the Library stated "it is demonstrating that the Parliamentary Assembly is implementing UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which Bosnia and Herzegovina ratified in 2010."

Mission Director Allan Reed also received a letter from Aljoša Čampara, BiH Parlimentary Assembly's Secretary of Common Services, thanking the USAID Mission for the equipment and continued support.

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Updated Feb. 10, 2011