Developed from the work of specialist teachers in Ealing who have been involved in promoting inclusive practices, this book shows how eliciting the pupil's views and strengthening the pupil voice is an important element in the success of any inclusion project. Covering a wide range of disabilities including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Specific Learning Difficulties, it includes: Case-studies; Descriptions of the difficulties encountered by the young; Practical strategies to address these difficulties; Useful resources. Essential for any adult working in an inclusive setting, this fascinating book brings together theory with real practice.
Chapter 3: Including Pupils with Visual Impairment
Including Pupils with Visual Impairment
The term ‘visual impairment’ refers to children who are classed as blind or have a significant loss of vision. The incidence of pupils with visual disability is very low. Overall there are an estimated 23,000 children in the UK and this figure includes those children with visual impairment and additional disabilities (often severe learning difficulties). Approximately 9,000 of the overall number of children with visual disability attend a local mainstream school. It is still fairly rare to find a child who is blind included in a mainstream school. It is estimated that across the UK there are about 840 children between the ages of 4 and 16 who use Braille, amounting to less than ...