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Blind Children

Volume 887: debated on Friday 7 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to arrange for the education of blind and partially sighted children in schools whose main concern is the education of normally sighted children.

The Department's policy has long been that no handicapped child should attend a special school if his needs can be met by an ordinary school. The question is what is practicable. The Vernon Committee on the education of the visually handicapped in 1972 recommended merely that fairly systematic experiments should be carried out with integrated education. This recommendation, with others in the report, will be taken into account in the reviews of provision for all types of handicap within each region, which will be undertaken following the regional conferences that are being held in the next few months.