Year : 2021  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-149

Encouraging Inclusive Education for the Blind in Developing Countries

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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Adedayo Omobolanle Adio
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njo.njo_37_20

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Blindness rates especially avoidable ones still remain high despite various interventions in developing countries. Vision 2020 was therefore unattainable. Once a person goes irreversibly blind, the costs of rehabilitation and educating such a person dramatically rises. The response of government has been to send them to blind schools which has the distinct disadvantage of isolating them from their peers and causes them to lag behind educationally due to teaching methods not commensurate with modern standards. Recently, visually impaired people are encouraged to be schooled alongside their peers in an inclusive manner. For this to be successful, they need to be (re)habilitated first, then empowered with appropriate assistive devices. This communication highlights how this can be done so it can improve the current deplorable statistics of successful blind young people in developing countries such as Nigeria.

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