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The case of a deafblind student who did not have the support of guides and interpreters to finish his career in Psychology led the Constitutional Court to evaluate the issue and then make a strong call to the Ministry of Education to link suitable personnel to allow a accompaniment to the academic development of blind and deafblind people.The pronouncement was made when evaluating the case of a deafblind person granted a scholarship by the Icetex, the Saldarriaga Foundation and the Ministry of Education in 2011 to advance their higher education.The interpreters initially assigned to support their education were withdrawn due to financial problems.This led him to bring several legal proceedings against the three institutions, which were not favorable.
Faced with the possibility of having his academic performance affected and of losing, consequently, the scholarship granted, he filed a defense alleging violation of his fundamental rights to a dignified life, to equality and to education.After analyzing the case and protecting the deafblind student, the Court reminded the Ministry of Education that it should progressively assign a budget item to link all educational institutions with interpreters and guides that allow the educational inclusion of this population.He also urged the Ministry to "adopt all the necessary measures - agreements with the associations of interpreters and the deaf - to guarantee the deaf and deafblind population access to an inclusive education at all levels of the education system."The Court recalled that the State and the educational establishments should help to reduce the obstacles that prevent vulnerable groups from enjoying their rights."