Educators Aim to Reach 6M Children With Visual, Hearing Impairments

A boy wearing thick glasses and using a magnifier bends closely over his schoolbook.

A visually impaired Palestinian student attends a lesson at a school, where the pupils are taught English through song and music, in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 2, 2016. Palestinian students at a school for the blind in the West Bank are learning English through song, a welcome departure from using Braille and memorizing grammar rules. (File photo: Reuters)

June 14, 2017

Imagine that you could not see. Or hear. And that you were just a child.

What would your world be like? How would you communicate? Who would teach you to speak, to sign or to read Braille? To play?

For more than 6 million children around the world, many in developing countries, this is their reality.

Experts say the overwhelming majority of children with multiple disabilities are falling through the education system.

"These children for the most part don't get an education — something on the order of 90 percent," said Dave Power, president and chief executive officer of Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, the United States' oldest academic institution serving blind, deaf-blind and low-vision students.

Children with these disabilities have tremendous potential, he and other educators say, but they need the right education to realize it.

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