Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Education Needs of Visually Impaired Students: Discussion

Ms Edel Doherty:

It is open to interpretation but sometimes the solution offered might be to sit at the front of the classroom. For children, that can be an absolutely terrible solution because they excluded from their peers, from the back of the class or from wherever they want to sit in the classroom. Telling children to sit at the front so that they will see things better can mean they can go through their whole educational experience not being included in groups or not sitting at the back. There is that isolation piece. Another issue is the technology, which is big and awkward. The size of the technology is a problem. Children want to use mainstream technology and do not want to stand out from their peers. They are excluded by having to have a bigger desk, for example, and having to use larger pieces of technology. The attempts at inclusion are-----