Perkins International

Introducing modern teaching methods along with assistive technology for children who are blind/low vision

Perkins International

Introducing modern teaching methods along with assistive technology for children who are blind/low vision


Project Name

Promoting Literacy for Visually Impaired Students

Location Implemented

Ghana

Technology Used

Assistive Technology

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Reading Environment

Status

Winner

The Challenge

Many Ghanaian teachers lack the tools and resources to assess the extent of visual impairment and braille literacy skills development. Teachers also lack the tools and resources necessary for teaching children who are blind/low vision, as well as data about the specific literacy needs of students with disabilities.

The Big Idea

Perkins strategy is fourfold: 1) collaborate with and train local educators to teach children who are blind/low vision in an inclusive classroom setting; 2) engage families and communities to support students and strengthen gains made in the classroom; 3) distribute assistive technology literacy kits that include braille writers and low vision devices tailored to each students' needs; and 4) establish a local brailler repair system.

Results

300 children were directly impacted and 3,850 indirectly impacted. Six SMART braillers along with 67 Perkins Classic Braillers® were provided. Perkins conducted a training-of-trainers workshop with 13 master teachers holding advanced degrees in special education. These 13 trainers will provide training for 94 teachers in the three target schools. Training in the use of visual devices was also delivered to teachers in three inclusive schools.

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Website

http://www.perkins.org/international-programs/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Watertown, MA, USA

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