ERIC Number: ED329050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-26
Reference Count: N/A
View from Here: Keynote Address.
Magarrell, Gary W.
DVH Quarterly, v35 n4 p20-25 Sep 1990
The paper focuses on educational services for blind and visually impaired children in Canada with emphasis on Ontario from the point of view of an administrator of a large rehabilitation agency. The existence is noted of five schools for the blind in Canada serving primarily multihandicapped populations. Effects of Ontario Bill 82 (1985) have included routine integration of blind and visually impaired children in the mainstream of the education system. However, problems arising from integration include difficulty obtaining services for the low incidence disability of blindness; provision of specialized equipment especially in the home; availability of texbooks, etc., in braille, tape or large print; an unmet need for orientation and mobility instruction; and provision of life skills training. Results of a survey of parents of blind children identifying needs resulted in 21 areas judged as critical. Recommended are a central Ontario diagnostic center and efforts to bring together the various stakeholders including rehabilitation services. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (68th, Toronto, Canada, April 26, 1990).