SEN: How does a Sensory Impairment affect Child Development?

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Children with sensory impairments affecting hearing or vision must never be treated as if they had learning difficulties, and thus learning expectations should be the same as for any other child.

However, these impairments naturally mean that learning will prove a much greater challenge than for most other children – unless educational providers are prepared to make enabling technologies available and learning resources accessible. To facilitate this, the Equality Act1 2010 requires ‘reasonable adjustments’ to be made for those with such additional needs. Importantly, as the Equality and Human Rights Commission2 point out, these arrangements must be ‘anticipatory’: thus for institutions, the absence of children with sensory impairments will not excuse the lack of adequate facilities.

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