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ERIC Number: ED547287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Why Can't Johnny Read? The Abell Report. Volume 23, No.7
Jacobson, Joan
Abell Foundation
Baltimore's school-based vision-screening program may be leaving thousands of children with uncorrected eyesight problems. Vision screening in public schools is essential for students to learn, especially when low-income children face a high rate of eyesight problems and have poor access to health care. Left undetected and uncorrected, vision problems can interfere with reading and other visual skills that are critical to academic success. Unfortunately, Baltimore's students are disadvantaged by a vision-screening system that is so understaffed and underfunded that hundreds go without state-mandated eye tests and thousands more who fail vision-screening tests may not be getting necessary glasses. The need to test children's vision, especially at an early age, has been understood by the medical community for decades so that conditions such as strabismus (when the eyes are not straight) or amblyopia (lazy eye) can be corrected; otherwise, the conditions will become permanent. Along with state mandated vision-screening at an earlier school age, this reports offers six recommendations Baltimore can apply for strengthening their system. [Also included in this report is a salute to Allan M. Tibbels, founder of Sandtown Habitat for Humanity in West Baltimore, who died on June 3, 2010.]
Abell Foundation. 111 South Calvert Street Suite 2300, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-545-1300; Fax: 410-539-6579; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serial
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Abell Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Maryland