By means of 61 open-ended interviews with visually impaired people (written as stories) and an analysis of documentary evidence, this book explores the history of education for visually impaired children in Britain since the 18th century.
Sally French is Associate Lecturer at the Open University. John Swain is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at the University of Northumbria. Dorothy Atkinson is Professor of Learning Disability and Social Care at the Open University. Michelle Moore is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Telling Stories; 1. The Early Development of Education for Blind Children; 2. Stories from the Segregated Past, 1920 to 1944; 3. Stories from the Special Education System, 1944 to 1981; 4. Stories from the Special Educational Needs System, 1981 to the 21st Century; Conclusion: Lessons for Inclusive Futures; Bibliography; General Index; Index of Names.