Visually Impaired Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Abstract:

The actual formal education of the visually impaired persons started in Nigeria in the 40s by the Sudan Interior Mission, that was a century after their sighted counterparts had embraced Western Education. The main aim of the Missionaries was to train persons with visual impairment to read the Bible and learn skills which would make them to be selfreliant. The establishment of the first school for the blind in Gindiri was an eye opener to the emergence of other special education institutions in Nigeria. In Nigeria, Visually impaired education has passed through different stages of educational development.despite, progresses made, obvious challenges also emerged. This paper therefore sheds light on the achievement, challenges and future of persons with Visual impairment with recommendations to improve their tomorrow.