Every Teachers Role
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There is a misconception that children with albinism are not as clever as other students. This is not true. Children with albinism have the same capability as all children. They need to be supported with the right tools and encouragement to reach their potential.
The rights of children with albinism need to be respected, including access to education and full participation, which will facilitate inclusion and develop their full potential. The teacher’s role is to provide support and have a positive attitude towards children with albinism. This will influence other pupils and affect the educational environment as well as creating opportunities of achievement for children with albinism.
Practical Tips to Assist a Child with Albinism
1.Find the best environment in the classroom at a particular time of day (usually in the centre at the front, close to the board and away from direct light)
2.Allow the child access to their own book so they can hold it close to their eyes
3.Permit the child to wear their hat indoors to help protect their eyes
4.Allow the child to be mobile, to move close to the board and to move their desk to the best position at different times of the day
5.Write in big, bold letters on the board and organize text clearly on a clean board and/or have the child next to them read out what is written on the board
6.Always describe in words, in detail, what is being done so the children with albinism can follow the lesson
7.Provide a dark pencil or pen and allow the child to write in a size that suits them best
8.Use a reading stand on a desk to adjust the text to a comfortable distance for the child
9.Allow extra time to complete tasks including tests
10.Provide large print materials, especially for examinations
11.Encourage other children to assist them by sharing notes or by reading to them
12.Help the child to use other clues to identify objects and people such as colour, shape, pattern and contrast. For example, a black pen on white paper is easier to read than pencil
13.Some people with albinism can see better if they tilt their head to one side
14.Explain to other children why these adaptations are needed
15.Encourage peer, family and community support
16.Consider additional classes after school or in breaks if needed
17.Allow the child to take rests if their eyes are straining or tired