The blind athlete from Samara helps blind to escape from melancholy

The blind athlete from Samara helps blind to escape from melancholy
Yury is sure that lack of sight – not the life end.

 The visually impaired person from Samara Yury Zubrilov has mastered the computer 7 years ago and now trains in computer literacy of other blind people. The former champion on track and field athletics of the USSR and Russia among the blind works free of charge. How the computer helps blind to get rid of loneliness and how not to lower a hand, having lost sight, he has told RIA Novosti news agency.

Sports became an outlet

The grey nine-floor house on Uritskogo Street. The door to the flat to me is opened by the low stately man. To Yury Zubrilov 52 years, but look it where is younger. Despite age, it in an excellent form. I pass in a room and at once I pay attention to a racetrack standing there. Yury admits that week does not do without a campaign in a gym and to the pool. Though because of hobby for sports it also became blind.

« I had a poor eyesight since the childhood. When I was 14 years old, I with friends played hockey. The washer has hit me the head during a match. Then doctors have made me the diagnosis «otsloyeny retinas of an eye». Soon at me the father has died. I strongly worried and after that stress have completely lost sight» — Yury remembers.

The blind athlete from Samara helps blind to escape from melancholy

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Yury Zubrilov, Samara

But sports for it became also an outlet. Still the young man Yury began to be engaged in track and field athletics. However, not all trainers seriously believed that the blind young man can achieve any serious sports results.

«To disabled athletes absolutely other relation. When I only started to go in for sports and have come to the trainer, he at all did not begin to speak with me. Has started to ask my companion at me: and what, he can run a distance? As though I at all blank space. Doubted that I can achieve any results and other healthy athletes» — the man tells.

But Yury managed to prove the return. He became a champion among blind in run on various distances in the USSR, and then and Russia 20 times. Participated in паралимпиаде in Barcelona, in the international competitions in Valencia, spoke at relay race in New York, but there prize-winning places has not occupied. In addition Yury seriously was engaged in powerlifting. Spoke at regional and All-Russia competitions.
More than thirty years Yury has worked at plant on production of electroconducting for buses and cars. Two years ago the man have reduced, but it has not despaired and has found to itself business to liking. Now teaches computer literacy for blind people.

Internet as fight against loneliness

Yury Zubrilov has got the first computer in 45 years. It has from scratch studied the personal computer and has understood that his life has cardinally changed.

«After all it is possible to find in the Internet practically everything — to learn news, to read any book, to communicate to friends. I still remember, how in youth read "War and peace". It were 24 huge heavy volumes gathered by a font Braylya. Now it is possible to find this book in the Internet and to hear to it. Sites where it is possible to download books available to the blind are kept at me in bookmarks. I will bring in the cursor, the program reads me the bookmark name, I look for in the searcher the name which also is sounded further, and I download. To books I listen in a special player. He always at me near at hand» — speaks the man.

In the rehabilitation centre Yury conducts computer courses two times a week. Does it it of pure enthusiasm. The man does not receive money for the work.

«I do not carry out lectures or special lessons. With everyone who comes to the centre, I am engaged individually. With someone it is begun with keyboard studying, then we are trained how to use separate programs, such as e-mail, Skype and a text editor» — are told by the man.

The blind athlete from Samara helps blind to escape from melancholy

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Yury Zubrilov, Samara

The instructor says that to the blind person to master the computer not so difficult, the main thing — desire. Some visually impaired persons do not understand that the computer can be useful to them very much. After all it helps to cope with loneliness.

On the Internet blind people can communicate on Skype and in social networks, find friends. The voice sounds the name of labels of a desktop and menu points when at them you direct the cursor. The program reads and sounds headings on sites, and also allows to read words at a set on the keyboard. Yury listens on the newspaper Internet, downloads music and books. Most of all environments of the blind Skype and special voice chats where it is possible to carry out conferences with a large number of participants is popular. However, according to the instructor, not all sites are available to the blind. Some Internet resources are not adapted for recognition by the programs intended for the blind. Yury is sure that developers or save on adaptation of sites, or do not reflect that the blind can use them.

He says what to learn to work at the computer to the blind person simply. The main thing here, as well as in any business — desire. According to him, there are a lot of forces and patience leaves on learning the keyboard. Therefore some pupils are ready to give up at this stage. And, in his opinion, learning ability does not depend on age or a state of health. First of all, here memory and persistence are important.
«I had an acquaintance, Dima who could not serve itself in a life at all. Even to move on the flat for it it was difficult — could not pass not to run into a corner. But the computer owned masterly. Could rectify a fault, instal any program. To me blind people whom for 60 years, and they with ease could master the computer met, and there are also young pupils to whom this science is given difficult» — Yury speaks.

Sight loss — not the life end

Despite a total blindness, Yury Zubrilov can  put on and make without effort to itself a breakfast, is quiet move on the city and travel. Besides computer courses he teaches these useful household skills of other visually impaired persons. Step by step he explains to blind pupils as it is safe to cross the road and to learn to carry out housework.

According to Yury, to the disabled person in Samara is not easy. The city cannot brag of the comfortable environment for this category of people. Sidewalks broken, in the winter on roads constant ice, and stops are forced by booths. Not always people around with sympathy belong to blind and want to help, when the blind person has stumbled on the road and at it it is impossible most to rise.

The blind athlete from Samara helps blind to escape from melancholy

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Yury Zubrilov, Samara

«There are in our society any two extremes. Some people are indifferent to us, try to pretend that we at all are not present. Others are too compassionate. And to us, disabled people, such relation sometimes is insulting. We after all the same people also do not want, that us considered weaker» — he speaks.

However, according to Yury, all this not an occasion to despair. Still the teenager he has understood that lack of sight — not the life end.
«I am sure that all people who became blind, reflected on suicide. Many visually impaired persons came to us to the centre with these thoughts. Then found here friends, someone love. The blindness — it only defect, but it not the life end» — speaks it.

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