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Visiting Special Schools In Ho Chi Minh City
For disabled children, special education and care is an essential need. A special school may not be spacious, but it will become their second homes and families, helping unfortunate children to (1) _______ knowledge and skills as well as self-confidence in order to (2) _______ better into the community.
The Future School, a semi-boarding school, now has 40 handicapped children, from ages 6 to 16. The principal of Future School said, “Most of the students here have difficulties with language and life skills. So I (3) _______ great importance to improving their life skills and developing their language skills as much as possible.
Ms. Thu Huong, who has worked in the school for a many years, is also interested in teaching life skills to students. I (4) _______ them with my heart and try to develop suitable learning programmes for them. Teaching them is very difficult because of the (5) _______ between school and family. So, I always recommend families help students review what I taught during the day, so that the day after we can receive the students’ (6) _______ from home about the lessons”, said she.
The Glow Blind Center has been (7) _______ for 29 years to teach and care (8) ______ the blind. About 30 blind students have been sponsored by the center, most of them from difficult backgrounds. Every morning, the center’s Sisters (9) _______children to Nguyen Dinh Chieu School, a special school for the handicapped, and pick them up in the afternoon for after-school help and to feed them. (10) _______ they are not blind themselves, the Sisters all want to learn Braille to be closer to their children.
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One of the most amazing developments I’ve seen in education over the past ten years is the way that technology has created a revolution in possibilities for disabled learners.
Text-to-Speech software helps students with visual impairments by allowing them to listen to the text that appears on a computer screen. This is a huge improvement over Braille because once the programme is installed on the computer, it can read anything on the screen, no matter what format it is in - pdf or website - with no waiting for a Braille translation. This enables students to participate in online activities, use email and text, and have immediate access to course materials.
Visual aids include screen magnification software that enlarges portions of the screen where the reader directs the mouse, screen reader software that translates screen text to Braille, text-to-speech programmes, or audio texts. All of these can be used by students of many different kinds of visual disabilities.
Audio aids include alerting devices that use flashing lights or icons on the computer screen rather than sounds to signal users, close-captioning for videos, TDD also known as Telecommunication for the Deaf, and phones with Voice-Carry-Over technologies that allow students with hearing difficulties to communicate over the phone with their own voice.
For students with physical disabilities, several technologies are available to assist them in completing their schoolwork, including audio books for students who cannot physically handle books, keyboard adapters such as keyguards to prevent mistyping from tremors or loss of control, or voice recognition software for students who cannot type.
Online education also helps disabled students because some of them study better in an environment with limited distractions and more accessibility than might be available in many classrooms or on very large campuses.