THE VISION IMPAIRED STUDENT IN YOUR CLASSROOM - INDIVIDUAL, SOCIAL & FAMILY PERSPECTIVES. Geoff Bowen Psychologist, Statewide Vision Resource Centre. CONTENTS. Are vision impaired students really different? Living your life fully! Families, grieving and disability.
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THE VISION IMPAIRED STUDENT IN YOUR CLASSROOM - INDIVIDUAL, SOCIAL & FAMILY PERSPECTIVES
Statewide Vision Resource Centre
There are multiple causes and effects of visual impairment therefore it is difficult to talk about the educational, social and emotional impact except in very general ways.
“Surveys suggest that while people who are blind or vision impaired are eager to work (62% participation rate, which is high relative to other disability groups (ABS 1997), only 21 % are able to find work (RBS 1996: 101).”
“BCA estimates that the rate of unemployment amongst vision impaired and blind people in Australia to be around 70 percent.”
“At any given point, families need opportunities to express themselves, and they need acknowledgment of their feelings by others. They also need specific, relevant information regarding their child, presented in an honest, empathic manner.”
(Cohen et. al. 1992)
A Good Quality Of Life
Having Power And Control Over Your Life
Essential Characteristics of
Component Elements of
Goal-Setting and Attainment Skills
Independence, Risk-Taking and Safety Skills
Self-Observation and Self-Evaluation Skills
Self-Advocacy and Leadership Skills
To assist VI students in developing self determination we need to learn how to step back and help VI students and all students with disabilities to do as much as possible for themselves, develop independence and only ask for help when they really need it.
i.e. If I as a aide, teacher or psychologist do it right they won’t need me any more!
It often feels right to give help to students with visual impairments, but this may not be in their best interest. Use the following list to help yourself step back.
Adapted from Classroom Collaboration, by Laurel J Hudson, PhD (Perkins School for the Blind) Available at: http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=6&TopicID=19&DocumentID=1573
Increase student’s sense of mastery in their lives. Don’t cheat them and lie to them by trying to give false self-esteem. Self esteem grows out of challenge and mastery rather telling a child they are great regardless of what they do.
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