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ERIC Number: ED543612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1951
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Education of Visually Handicapped Children: The Blind; The Partially Seeing. Bulletin, 1951, No. 20
Mackie, Romaine
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
Every child has characteristics, interests, abilities, and desires of his own. This is true of a child with a visual handicap whether the handicap is a mild one, correctable with glasses or treatment, or one as severe as blindness. A physical limitation, however, may adversely affect an individual's development, especially if proper help is not provided. It is for this reason that special consideration must be extended to children with such handicaps as low vision or blindness. If suitable educational facilities, proper medical care, and good environment are provided while these children are still in the formative years, much can be done for them. In this bulletin, the term "visually impaired" will refer to both the partially seeing and the blind. The bulletin is "not" concerned with children whose vision can be brought to normal either through medical care or by properly fitted glasses. Instead it is concerned with children who have severe vision defects even after all possible correction has been made. Although progress has been made in providing for blind and partially seeing children, educators are still faced with the challenge of extending and improving services. Much of this challenge must be met by especially trained teachers who are prepared to give children the technical assistance they need. Some of the work will, however, be done by regular classroom teachers. This bulletin has been written in the hope that it will help to meet the need for information on the broader aspects of an all-round program for visually handicapped children in school. Some of the material was prepared with the special school or class in mind, but teachers of regular classes in which one or more visually handicapped children are enrolled will be able to adapt the information given and the procedures described to meet the needs of their own pupils. It is hoped that teachers everywhere who have any responsibility for blind or partially seeing children will find in these pages practical information to meet problems of the day, as well as an incentive to seek further information through continued study. The following are appended: (1) Reading in Classes for Partially Seeing Children; and (2) Causes and Frequency of Visual Handicaps. A list of selected readings is also included. (Contains 20 footnotes. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)