|Titel:||Inclusion, Impact and Need - Young Children with a Visual Impairment|
|Form:||Aufsatz / Artikel|
|Veröffentlicht in:||Child Care in Practice, Vol. 11, No. 2|
From preschool to tertiary level, the past decade has witnessed a growing impetus for the inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities in mainstream education. Yet evidence on the needs of children with visual impairments (VI) remains scant. This paper seeks to inform the debate by presenting findings from research designed to explore the perceptions and experiences of parents, young people with VI and health and early years professionals working in the preschool sector. The findings reveal a significant increase in the incidence of VI in children attending early years settings. Despite their commitment to the ideals underpinning inclusive education, interviewees are concerned with the lack of awareness training available for staff working with the VI. Criticism is also levelled at specialist schools in Northern Ireland, for failing to provide a full educational experience for children and young people, aged from three to 18, with VI.