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Only one teacher specialized in teaching blind pupils

There is only one teacher in Iceland specially trained in teaching blind pupils. Lack of service for blind citizens and those with limited eyesight was discussed at a meeting organized by the Association of the Blind last week.

According to Sjónstöd Íslands, which offers services to people suffering from the disability on behalf of the Ministry of Health, there are 142 blind or nearly blind children and teenagers in Iceland. Fréttabladid reports.

Ágústa Eir Gunnarsdóttir, the secretary of the Blind Association council, said she was saddened by the fact that blind pupils are not receiving proper education and pointed out that the situation had been better two decades years ago.

Gunnarsdóttir said many parents with blind children move abroad to make sure their children receive a proper education.

John Harris, a specialist in the education of the blind, gave a presentation at the meeting. He recommended that a general policy regarding service to blind citizens would be established and that the service would aim at enabling the blind to participate fully in society.

Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson addressed the meeting and said several minorities had been left out in the upswing in society in the last few years.

He said it was unacceptable that the blind do not have the same opportunities as others in terms of education and that the situation in Reykjavík would be improved, although he did not give specifics.

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