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The Visually Challenged Child

When a little baby is born, he cannot speak. He tries to understand his surroundings with the help of his senses, especially those of sight and sound. Can you imagine his disability growing up without any of these two, especially sight, which can be called his portal of learning? Can you imagine his deep sense of frustration as he grows up? He will not be able to automatically pick up things like other children. But still, his needs are the same as theirs. His loss is a physical one and but for this he is normal in every other respect. But rarely is he treated so. 

The blind are treated as burdens to their families and society, when; if properly trained they can live perfectly normal lives. At times the degree of blindness ranges from total loss to a fair degree of vision. Therefore all blind children can not be educated or treated alike. Their individual problems and needs, need to be taken into consideration. It is a known fact that a person with a sensory handicap is gifted with a talent or innate ability that needs to be tapped. You should encourage them to learn and master their disability and lead a fairly independent life. They can even be taught to take care of themselves and earn their own living.

Nowadays, many of the visually challenged are being absorbed in the work force and in industries, because of their abilities, reliability and sincerity. In fact they are even preferred for certain jobs. I will never forget the case of a man who was hired as a typist in a firm he was pitied by all his colleagues because of his lack of vision, and he hated that feeling. But the others would not understand why he rejected their sympathy. Then one day, something went wrong with the electricity and all the work was stopped. All except this typist who gaily went on typing. On hearing that the lights were off, he laughed and asked them all whom was the one with the problem? He had managed to turn his disability into an ability. Hats off to him.
 

How do we help the visually challenged?

Special schools are set up to teach these children braille and other manual skills. But besides this, they need to be socialised to help them to fit into society and get over their deep-rooted feelings of insecurity and inferiority. This depends on the parents, extended family as well as peer groups. Do not treat them with pity. Give them opportunities to grow instead. They might not have external vision, but internally they can see better than you and me.
 

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arpana.4 years ago
 
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i would like to know if i can get a tutor for my child as i stay in a small town where there is no facility to train my 5yr girl.
 
 
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vanshika bansal.4 years ago
 
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i can only say that "you can have a wonder full life as a blind person" but the biggest role in this regard has to be played by his/her family members & the person should have confidence on himself... then no body can stop u to lead the world...
 
 
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dear arpana.4 years ago
 
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you could ask around if there any braille teachers in your town . there are some individuals who are willing to live in a town and teach blind children . i also advice that you gather a community potrail of parents of challenged kids and share your concermns and feelings .


i also donot believe that a special school is the place for a child . mainstrem schools are more than willing to make adjustments for kids with special needs and parents should patronise this .
 
 
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Prabhakaran.4 years ago
 
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i need research topic is an a study of role performance of inclusive teachers in dealing visually challenged children immedicatley reply,
 
 
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Priya.4 years ago
 
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the ground reality is that blind people are still treated shabbily. no one is willing to give them jobs or see to their careers.
 
 
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vijay.4 years ago
 
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iam vijay my topic is astudy of socio economic status of visuallu challenged in the city of vizag
 
 
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Anynomous.4 years ago
 
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ho ! i am blind in one eye . i have about 40% vision in the other . its a condition from birth . i am now a graduate who is about to enter the workforce . i must say one thing - if people like me sit and accept socirty's sympathy , we will get no where . we all have to overcome problems and live like normal people .

the next thing i want to say relates to society . now i am of the so called "marriagable age " . i hope that since i have lived life like a normal person , people can see me as a person beyond my problems and yet accept me for the person i am . i know its an obvious condition but we are also humans at te end of the day .
 
 
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hi, i am bhvya sharma. i m blind from one eye and there is 75% of visual impairment in my orther eye. i am 16years old.i want to ask that i m dependent on my parents and i want to become indipendent....
 
 
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LUNGS.4 years ago
 
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i am researching on materials development for visually challenged students who are doing research studies(mphil phd) which require extensive reading. i would being self reliant is not enough it should be accompanied by a goal to achieve something.persuading oneself is a greater task or a challenge in such conditions
 
 
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