ERIC Number: ED381306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Resourcing Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Rural Settings.
Bull, Kay S.; Rupard, Jane M.
This report discusses the community-based resources that may be available to regular and special education teachers serving visually impaired students in rural areas. It notes the national shortage of teachers qualified to teach children with visual impairments and suggests that rural teachers will have to devote some effort to seeking out appropriate educational resources. Communicating with the community can uncover resources useful in transitional training that involves daily living skills, job training, or job placement. Procedures for the productive use of volunteers and volunteer organizations are considered, and local cooperatives are recommended as potential sources for employment experience. The report concludes that ready-made resources for visually impaired students are unlikely to exist in rural areas and that regular and special education teachers will need to create them. A table identifies local/community and regional/county organizations and personnel that currently exist in some settings or that might be created to provide services in the areas of employment, family support and advocacy, recreation, social and interpersonal development, and medical or financial needs. A second table lists addresses and phone numbers for national organizations that focus on the education of visually impaired and blind students. (RAH)
Descriptors: Blindness, Community Based Instruction (Disabilities), Community Resources, Daily Living Skills, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Skills, Organizations (Groups), Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Shared Resources and Services, Special Education, Transitional Programs, Visual Impairments, Volunteers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.