Trainig for Visually Handicapped Persond to become Rehabilitation Teachers for the Blind and Partially Sighted
Report on a trial run of a course for visually handicapped persons training to become rehabilitation teachers for the blind and partially sighted.
Since the middle of the 1970's the Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt has been training rehabilitation teachers for the visually handicapped (RBS) in the areas of orientation and mobility and daily living skills. It is a one and a half-year post-graduate course for pedagogues. The wish to integrate visually handicapped persons as participants into ths training program was expressed by representatives of self-help organizations for the visually handicapped.
One of the main reasons for this request was the belief that visually handicapped rehabilitation teachers could be of enourmous benefit when teaching the blind and partially sighted, they being experts in a double sense, handycapped and specialist.
After lenthy discussion it became clear that the training of the visually handicapped to become rehabilitation teachers could only be carried out in a modified form. The main problem recognised was the fact that the lack of visual control and the question of responsability for the client, especially in dangerous situations, makes it practically impossible for orientation and mobility to be taught by visual handicapped persons.
The trial run has now finished and visually handicapped persons can begin regular training in the 1996 course.