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Schooling for visually impaired children and audio introductions for films

20 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 24 May 2011

Joseph Clarke School is the only state funded day school for blind and partially sighted children in South East England. It prides itself on being able to offer a specialist education to children with sight loss but in order to save money, it is now looking at joining forces with a much larger special school for children with multiple disabilities. Parents and teachers are concerned that the school's specialist skills could be diluted or lost completely if this alliance goes ahead. And is it appropriate to educate children with very different needs in the same setting? Lee Kumutat reports.

Plus, do you ever feel like you miss out on the visual style of a film? We hear from one audio describer who is working on a project for audio introductions to films. These give blind and partially sighted people a flavour of the cinematic style, together with a description of costumes, characters and locations. Guest: Louise Fryer.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Steven Williams.


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