Introspection of Visually Impaired Children: a Qualitative Study in a Blind School of Kolkata, West Bengal
Keywords:Blind, children, education, school, stress, stigma, qualitative, Visually impaired
Introduction: The world has 1.3 billion people living with some form of vision impairment which is associated with problems related to mobility, education, occupation and activities of daily living leading to stress ,mental trauma and stigma of these children & their family members. Objective : Exploration of stress, stigma and mental trauma of parents of visually impaired children of a blind school, Kolkata, West Bengal. Material &Methods: It was a Qualitative study conducted from May to July in 2018 in the form of 5 Focus Group Discussion among parents of visually impaired children & Key Informant Interview of Principal of the Blind School. Result: These children ,were equipped to identify presence & activity of other people by their other senses. All parents complained about bad behavior of Bus conductors & co passengers. Children had a good relationship with parents but domestic violence and divorce was also there . Sometimes children were restricted to participate in social programme in the family . Communication difficulties between parents &children was present during illness of children. Parents had stress regarding brail technique adoption by children . Principal of the school addressed some problems like,suicidal tendency, depression etc. Conclusion: Awareness programme addressing needs ,problems & support of visually impaired children should be organized in the community, Transport Division workers etc.
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