ERIC Number: EJ726467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 52
Implications of Paraprofessional Supports for Students With Visual Impairments
Forster, Erika M.; Holbrook, M. Cay
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v36 n4 p155 Win 2005
The implementation of high quality and carefully individualized educational programs carried out by qualified professionals has been shown to largely mitigate the impact of visual impairment on development. Research has also shown that, in the absence of high quality, specialized intervention, children who are blind or have visual impairments may be at an increased risk for literacy problems and that these difficulties may have an adverse impact on their educational career and employment potential. In fact, estimates of under- or unemployment among adults with visual impairments have been reported at approximately 70% or higher, and these employment statistics have been connected to the individual's previous access to early and frequent quality literacy instruction. This article discusses the role of paraprofessional supports for students with visual impairments, and includes the following sections: (1) Reasons for Using Paraprofessional Supports; (2) The Role of the Paraprofessional; (3) Effectiveness of Paraprofessionals; and (4) Paraprofessional Training.
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Professional Training, Inclusive Schools, Literacy Education, Access to Education, Educational Needs, Special Education
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A