Inclusion Visual Impairment

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This assignment discusses the issue of inclusion within the mainstream school setting. It also discusses the impact it has on teaching English and literacy and the effects it has on the role of the teaching assistant. During this assignment as inclusion is based upon such a broad range of special educational needs I will be paticualary focusing on and relating to children with visual impairments. It is universally recognized that, when children come to school, there is a wide gap between those who are best prepared and those who are least prepared for school (Donaldson M 1978) it is our job to help close that gap. What is meant by inclusion? Inclusion is an active not a passive process (Corbett Cited in Soan 2004:8) and no matter what background, religion, special need, race or disability the child should be include in the whole aspect of the curriculum. Having the environment and resources adapted to meet each individuals specific needs removing any barriers to learning and enabling every child to reach their potential. Inclusion is a big issue within mainstream education today and is very closely connected to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) practice already in place within schools. Many people believe that if a child has Special Educational Needs he/she should be educated in a special school. However the Special Educational Needs Act 2001 was intended to consolidate the SEN child’s right to a mainstream education. “The Act has amended the Education Act 1996 and transformed the statutory framework for inclusion into a positive endorsement of inclusion” (DfES/0774/2001, page 1). With this revised act the views of parents are taken into account in each individual case, if they want their child to attend a mainstream school then everything possible should be done to provide it. Inclusion and SEN has an impact on every aspect of learning within schools, no

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