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Guidelines on best practice for persons living with deafblindness

ZWANENBURG, Aline
TESNI, Sian
June 2019

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These guidelines were developed to advance understanding of the needs and challenges of persons living with deafblindness and to promote their inclusion in society. The target audience are members of the CBM Federation with particular interest to, among others staff at Regional and Country Offices, Member Associations, co-workers, partners (including governments, education agencies, public and private service providers, and professionals), as well as persons living with deafblindness and their families.

 

Part One gives an overview of the impact deafblindness can have on an individual’s development and learning. It emphasises the need for a continuum of services and programmes, including early detection, referral, educational input, and family support.

 

Part Two outlines components of education and rehabilitation programmes. It provides guidelines on communication, holistic assessment procedures, assistive devices, advocacy and self-determination, transition planning, and discusses the importance of on-going regular access to health and therapeutic services.

 

Part Three considers how to improve and expand existing services through the provision of on-going personnel capacity building, and through networking with key stakeholders, to consider intersecting issues and service expansion. Each section includes an overview of the topic explored, some case studies and considerations for service implementation.

Applied research on disability in Africa : the Maghreb and West Africa report

BENKIRANE, Wassila
ZOUHAIRI, Abdellah
2014

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“This literature review concerns the achievements of a project which started in 2014 and will last three years. The aim of this project is the dissemination and promotion of applied research results and disability to researchers and field stakeholders of the African continent (particularly to Disabled People Organizations), in order to increase knowledge on the situation of people with disabilities and the recommendations made to improve their social participation… The mapping of applied research in West African countries shows the exclusion related to the environment, which lacks the school, health, and sports infrastructure required to promote their [people with disabilities] rights. We will mainly deal with the issue of exclusion and its multidimensional aspect in West Africa, as well as the institutional efforts to set up development plans for people with disabilities in these regions”

Report on the open ears to learn project implemented in Western Province

ZAMBIA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE HEARING IMPAIRED (ZNAHI)
2010

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This is a report of the Open Ears to Learn project, which was implemented to include hearing impaired children in mainstream schools by increasing their learning participation. The children were identified by screening them for hearing loss and subsequently providing them with hearing aids and making appropriate referrals to special schools where necessary. Children known to have a sight impairment were included in the screening. The project, which was implemented in Mongu , Senaga and Kaoma districts of Western Province in Zambia, also included sensitisation for teachers on the needs of hearing impaired children

Inclusion : understanding basic concepts

SENSE INTERNATIONAL (INDIA)

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This booklet offers a basic understanding of what inclusion is and what it means to teachers, parents, students, administrators and board of education. The focus is on baseline information for dealing with the delicate balance of teaching disabled and non-disabled children as an integral part of educational development movements. This booklet would also be useful to parents in supporting their roles as advocates for their children based on accurate information

Screening and assessment formats

SENSE INTERNATIONAL (INDIA)

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This booklet is designed for professionals, special educators, school teachers and development CBR workers for screening, identification and completion of functional assessments and individual education plans for children with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments (MSI). The booklet provides forms used by Sense International (India) and gives guidance to use them as a tool for screening and assessing children. This publication is useful for organisations and educators working with deafblind people

A comprehensive book on individualized educational programme (IEP) for children with deafblindness and multi sensory impairments

SENSE INTERNATIONAL (INDIA)

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A multidisciplinary team is responsible for creating and evaluating individualised education plans (IEPs) for students with deafblindness. Writing a complete IEP is often perceived as a challenging task by many special educators. This booklet provides a step by step guide to understand, develop and write effective IEPs for children with deafblindness. This booklet is useful to special educators and families working with deafblind children

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