All Eyes on the Future; IN SIGHT: TWO NEW PROJECTS AIM TO IMPROVE LIFE FOR BLIND PEOPLE

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), January 11, 2001 | Go to article overview

All Eyes on the Future; IN SIGHT: TWO NEW PROJECTS AIM TO IMPROVE LIFE FOR BLIND PEOPLE


Byline: MARJORIE CALDER

LIFE should be all about concentrating on what is good and positive, rather than being weighed down by its negative aspects.

That's the overwhelming attitude of those working with disability.

The emphasis is centred on ability and developing what people with disabilities CAN do, rather than what they cannot.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind in Scotland has found that Scotland's 3000 blind and partially- sighted children and young people are often left to struggle with inaccessible reading materials at school and college.

In a report entitled Shaping the Future, RNIB have found that almost a quarter of these children attending mainstream schools and colleges fail to get handouts and educational materials in a way they can access, such as large print, audio tape or braille.

A third have received inaccessible test papers and almost half said their sight affected their choice of Standard Grade subjects.

Geography, science, PE and technology came out as the most difficult subjects to tackle with impaired vision.

As a result, RNIB Scotland and Glasgow City Council have joined forces to tackle the problem in a pilot scheme, backed with a pounds43,000 grant from the Scottish Executive's Innovation in Education scheme. …

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