Investigation into a Special Needs Student Coping with a Physical Handicap and the Issue of Low-visual Acuity to Understand How it Affects the Student’s Learning and Social Interaction; and Suggesting Possible Strategies to Overcome These Barriers to Learning

Abstract

In this unique case study I identify the issue of low-visual acuity and how it affects a student's learning in an international institution, compounded with physical mobility problems by analysis of the learning/teaching environment. This is of extreme importance as “data from international studies show that approximately 25% of school-age children carry some form of visual deficiency” (Gianini et al, 2004). In the United States of America Kemper et al, (2003) suggest that “correctable visual impairment is the most common treatable chronic condition of childhood” and it is clear that the number of school-age children being diagnosed with poor vision is on the increase. Visual impairment is considered “a large and growing socio-economic problem” (Binns et al, 2012) and eye imbalances in strength occurs in 1.2% of children by seven years of age and occurs equally in males and females. This points to a progressive coherence of knowledge in this matter and a consensus in literature to the issue. I explain why it is reasoned that the student has low V-A and I suggest some measures to improve her educational situation. While it is impossible for the teacher to improve her mobility issues it was possible to minimize the barriers to learning within the confines of the current school environment. Any techniques or coping skills that can benefit the learner here, may be transferable to further educational situations to advise facilitators in primary, secondary or



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Anthony Brian Gallagher, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

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Conference: ACE2013
Stream: Education

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