Blind learners learn using their senses as they have insufficient sight for visual learning. We have to distinguish between the those who have some sight and those who have never seen. Here are a few questions to ask:
- How much sight does the student have and how useful is it?
- How competent is the student in tactile and Braille skills?
- What experience of vision does the learner have?
- How competent is the student in moving about a classroom unassisted?
Partially sighted students still work through visual medium, and make uo the majority of learners with visual impairments. Their needs vary and most will work using normal print, which can create obstacles as their needs are usually pushed aside.
- Is the students level of sight stable or variable, and in what types of environment?
- Is their field of vision limited?
- What size/style print is comfortable for the student?
- Does the learner have certain preferences for the learning environment, for example, lighting or choice of seat?
Blind students learn best through inclusion, this is key for success. Inclusive education means disabled and non-disabled young people learning together in ordinary school provision using an appropriate support network. They should have access to the same information and if possible, participate in and gain from mainstream settings with all their abilities. We at Action express that there are many barriers facing the visually impaired and we use tactile resources to break that barrier. We promote inclusion and experience.
We offer access to information and technology while training our students to participate in the workplace. This is vital as many schools do not offer inclusion or assistive technology and prevents the youth from entering into the workspace.
“The blind must not only be fed and housed and cared for; they must learn to make theor lives useful to the community.”=Julia Ward Howe