Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Many of the professionals in the field of visual impairment and blindness spend years learning how to address the needs of a population of visually impaired students, approximately 60% of whom have additional disabilities. In addition, a growing number of these children are learning English as a second language. The lead article in this month's March-April 2013 issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) addresses an issue that many of the journal's readers confront on a daily basis, and that is students who are visually impaired who are also struggling to learn the English language. In their article entitled, "English Language Learners: Experiences of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Who Work with This Population," Topor and Rosenblum begin by describing an educational system in which the number of students who lack adequate English language skills is growing at an alarming rate while the programs that serve these students in the United States and Canada "vary in terms of guidelines [and] state or provisional laws...."In order to understand the current state of services for English language learners who are also visually impaired, the authors surveyed teachers of students with visual impairments about their experiences in working with students learning English, as well as the strategies they use for providing effective instruction to this group.

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