ERIC Number: ED087178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
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Early Childhood Education; Policy Statement.
American Foundation for the Blind, New York, NY.
Provided by the American Foundation for the Blind are a background history and a policy statement on the early childhood education of blind or severely visually impaired children. Briefly reviewed is the prior trend of institutionalization for children with severe visual handicaps, subsequent development of organizations such as the Children's Bureau which have provided parents with social and educational services, and current trends which emphasize the importance of total development in early childhood. Described in the AFB policy statement is the necessity for early stimulation and learning opportunities; early detection of the degree of impairment; a home environment that involves parental education, counseling, and use of specific stimulation techniques; evaluations by qualified professionals on a team basis; a variety of programs to serve specific visual handicaps; and coordinated community services. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: American Foundation for the Blind, New York, NY.