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Nicosia, Cyprus
 
 Programme of Education for Persons with Dual Sensory Impairment -Deaf-Blindness

Deaf-blindness is the particular impairment which combines loss of hearing and vision to such a degree that it prevents the person from gaining the maximum benefit from the school programmes, which are specially designed for pupils with either hearing or visual impairment.

A person with this type of sensory impairment has problems of learning and, above all, difficulty in communicating normally with his/her family and surroundings.

The reasons for deaf-blindness vary: prenatal and delivery complications, premature birth, any of several syndromes, the viral of meningitis, the advanced age of the mother, etc.

The percentage of persons with deaf-blindness is very small. The frequency of occurrence is about 5:100,000.

In recent years, the School has applied special programmes for the support and education of persons with deaf-blindness. The programmes are directed towards children with:

  • A problem of congenital deaf-blindness and other disabilities
  • A problem of deafness and low vision
  • A problem of deafness and total loss of vision
The programmes include:
  • The evaluation and application of a special, personalised educational programme according to each case
  • The implementation of the programme in the School for the Blind
  • The implementation of the programme in the individual's educational establishment (mainstream school or institution)
During the application of these programmes, communication is achieved in various ways, according to each individual's learning potential and needs: Braille, Sign language, Objects of Reference, Pictograms

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