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House of Commons Hansard
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Blind and Partially Sighted Pupils
06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that blind and partially sighted pupils in Northern Ireland have adequate access to suitable school text books. [102356]

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I have recently announced the commencement of research into the availability of textbooks and other materials for visually impaired schoolchildren. A project team will consider and scope the scale of the difficulties in Northern Ireland in making available such provision, for example in large print, audio and Braille formats.

The project team comprises membership from the education sector and from stakeholder groups, such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Jordanstown Schools for children with auditory and visual impairments. The team will present its report and recommendations, with an action plan for the way forward, by the end of March 2007.