ERIC Number: ED256112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Delivery Systems of Services for the Visually Handicapped in Saudi Arabia and Basic Arabic Braille Chart.
Muhanna, Saleh I.
The report describes a visit of a Saudi Arabian educator to four programs for visually handicapped students in the United States in order to determine the feasibility of introducing these programs or some aspects of them in Saudi Arabia. Advantages and disadvantages of four types of programs are considered: (1) a residential school, (2) an itinerant teacher program, (3) a resource room program, and (4) a rehabilitation center. In a chapter reviewing background information and describing present facilities in Saudi Arabia, it is noted that the existing services combine residential facilities, daytime schools, and employment settings. Two stages are suggested for providing alternative services: (1) meeting the most urgent needs--this would require fairly limited personnel and planning, and (2) setting up long range goals--this would involve extensive planning and a long period of training. Among conclusions noted are that the major deficit in services for the blind in Saudi Arabia is lack of trained professionals and that the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare in that country has not yet assumed its role in rehabilitation, training, and placement of visually impaired adults. The Basic Arabic Braille Chart, developed at the Braille Unification Conference (UNESCO, 1952) by S. I. Al-Muhanna, Rebecca Ann Anderson, and Ahmed Mohamed Hamoud Shuga'a, is appended. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia
Note: Specialist in Education Practicum, University of Northern Colorado.