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ERIC Number: ED131613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Preparation for the Visually Handicapped in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico Univ., San Juan. Coll. of Education.
Presented is the report of a project to train teachers of the visually handicapped in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Stressed are differences in demographic patterns and needs between the continental United States and the Carribbean islands. Results of a review of demographic data and a survey of Puerto Rico revealed a higher (than in the U.S.) incidence of severe visual handicaps, the presence of predominantly negative attitudes toward the visually handicapped, and the need for more adequate facilities and trained personnel. A prototype educational program for the visually handicapped is proposed which would provide direct educational services to visually handicapped children through service centers and would also contain a manpower training component and a materials production and research center. The main objective of the Virgin Islands phase (the stimulation of education officials to develop a training program and educational services for the visually handicapped) is reported to have been achieved. Results of a survey in the Virgin Islands to determine incidence of visual handicaps and a description of a 2-week teacher training workshop are given. Appended are such items as a report on visual impairment among Puerto Rican public school children, a report of a study to determine the adequacy of the Snellen E screening test in the Puerto Rican school system, a list of government and private agencies serving the blind in Puerto Rico, and an attitude questionnaire. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Puerto Rico Univ., San Juan. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Virgin Islands