Teaching blind students in regular school classes
- ONCE Foundation
- Country of Implementation
- Western Europe
- First published
“Inclusive Education for people with disabilities is a lever for their social inclusion.” Ms. Ana Isabel Ruiz Lopez, Director of Education, Employment, and Cultural Promotion of the National Organization of the Spanish Blind (ONCE)
Students with visual impairments often do not have equal opportunities in their local education system. The lack of understanding and support to allow them to live an independent and self-determined life contributes to their sense of exclusion, and as a result they often cannot determine their own future.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
ONCE supports students with disabilities to remain in their social environment (family, community, etc.) and in mainstream classrooms. Every participant of the programme goes through a process of reception and multi-professional assessment, from which an individualized plan of action is generated. The plan is directed and coordinated by one professional. In the case of education, the case coordinator is a teacher. He/she detects the students ́ needs and refers them to the appropriate specialists. In order to respond to all the needs of an individual, several intervention areas are addressed by the team, including early intervention from birth to the age of six; visual stimulation and specific techniques to improve visual performance; and basic instrumental techniques such as essential skills in reading, writing, and calculation both in sighted formats and in Braille. Other services address educative orientation, free-time activities that are offered, and an appropriate adaption of the school curriculum.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Going forward, the plan is to analyse and evaluate the programme and to then implement improvements. Another goal will be to adapt the programme for Latin American Spanish-speaking countries.