ERIC Number: ED347711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Braille Literacy in Virginia's Public Schools. Report of the Board of Education and the Department for the Visually Handicapped to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No. 31. Reprint.
Virginia State Board of Elections, Richmond.; Virginia State Dept. for the Visually Handicapped, Richmond.
This state-mandated study examines the manner in which Braille instruction is being offered to Virginia's children with visual disabilities. The study sought to determine the need to require school divisions to offer Braille instruction; the role of Braille instruction as a viable method of promoting literacy; the number of students who could benefit from Braille instruction; the appropriateness of requiring Braille instruction and the increases in costs; the need for instructional and administrative organization, and instructional and support personnel; and the need for preservice and inservice training. Information was gathered through a public hearing, surveys, a review of methods for determining which students need Braille instruction, and statements from consumer groups. The study found that Braille is a viable method of promoting literacy among some blind and visually handicapped students. State and federal regulations mandate that Braille instruction be included in the Individualized Education Programs of students who need it. Braille instruction is available in all of Virginia's school divisions, either from a Vision Teacher or through services purchased from the Department for the Visually Handicapped. The study concluded that, while the lack of Braille instruction is not pervasive, there may be individual problems that require corrective action. Ten recommendations are offered. Appendices contain the state resolution calling for the study, survey results, and position statements from several organizations. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Board of Elections, Richmond.; Virginia State Dept. for the Visually Handicapped, Richmond.