Supporting Education: Resources for Policy Makers Outside the U.S.

In this section, policy makers will find practical advice for implementing and administering the education and community-based rehabilitation programs that support inclusion of people with disabilities.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic.

Identifying & Assessing Students 

Community Eye Health Journal
Implementing the key informant method for identifying children with blindness or visual impairment; includes suggestions for training and communication materials. Available as a PDF as well.

Inclusive Education 

The International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a non-government organization which has been working with the United nations since 1952 to improve conditions of vision health worldwide.  Their website contains numerous articles and resources organization by global region.  We present just a few of them here:
A pilot demonstration project that assesses the community-based services in Cairo and how well they integrate individuals with visual impairments.
Education of students with visual impairment in three types of programs in India: residential schools, semi-integrated, and integrated education.
The status of students with visual impairments in inclusive education in Latin America; includes suggestions for increasing enrollment and improving the quality of education.
The challenges of inclusive education in South Africa.
The chief obstacles to inclusive education in Vietnam; strategies to address these challenges.
An examination of the effectiveness of inclusive education in India, and a model for active partnership between special schools for the blind and teachers trained in general disabilities.
A history of education of students with visual impairments in Cambodia. Achievements and difficulties of inclusive education; specific strategies for addressing the challenges.
Peruvian teachers describe the history of inclusive education in their country and identify some of its challenges.
The status of inclusive education in China, including some of its major challenges and suggestions for the future.
Three Serbians share their personal experiences with vision loss and offer suggestions for increasing services through inclusive education. (This pdf is not accessible to screen readers.)
Schools for the blind in China and their role as regional Educational Resource Centres.
The barriers to education for children with visual impairments; advantages and disadvantages of different educational models.
Inclusion and other educational practices in Ghana.
The history of education for the blind in Nigeria, including a model inclusion program in Ijanikin.
Enabling Education Network
A brief history of inclusive education in St. Lucia.
Enabling Education Network
The problems facing deafblind children, illustrated by Sense International’s work with individual children in India.
Enabling Education Network
Lessons learned from community-based programs in Central Java, Indonesia.
Enabling Education Network
Examples of inclusive education at the community, school and classroom level in several locations in Africa.
Perkins eLearning Webcast
Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO of the World Blind Union (WBU), presents an overview of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the challenges faced in ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.

Social Integration 

Challenges facing people with blindness or visual impairment in Sierra Leone, including barriers to full social inclusion.

Teacher Training 

International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
A collaborative project to create educational services in China for preschoolers and older children who are blind, including those with additional disabilities.
International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
A training program for Orientation and Mobility instructors in Uganda.

Vocational Training 

Enabling Education Network
Mavis Campos’s chapter in the book, Innovations In Developing Countries For People With Disabilities, (Edited by Brian O'Toole and Roy McConkey) addresses the creation of  livelihoods for people with disabilities, including vocational training, rural self-employment, and social marketing.
International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
How people with visual impairment and their trainers can use access technology to connect to information, education, and employment opportunities.
Dark and Light Blind Care
This 34-page publication gives an overview of the challenges faced globally by people with disabilities in gaining employment; suggestions for creating programs to address the problems.
International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
An overview of several employment models, including sheltered workshops, supported employment, and competitive employment in the open market; in Spanish.
Career and Business planning assistant is provided by Project Aspiro, a global initiative of the World Blind Union. Learn what resources are available and visit the success stories of Aspiro clients.
Pancyprian Organization of the Blind
Promoting the hiring of workers with blindness or visual impairment by changing the attitudes of employers.
Pancyprian Organization of the Blind
The history and current status of vocational training in Romania, including employment of individuals with visual impairment.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
A 122-page planning guide for implementing skills development and access to work for people with disabilities.