Integration not only way to success
Keele University was singled out as being remarkable in offering a place to a student with a visual impairment. Keele had a blind student 10 years ago, who, having been prepared for higher education in a setting that appreciated the organisational difficulties that will beset a student with a visual impairment was prepared for all the "work that has to go into administrative jobs".
This young woman, having obtained a good range of O-levels and A-levels in a specialist setting, was so well equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to compete effectively in a mainstream setting that she won a university prize for philosophy.
Each year about 25 students from this college enter higher education to follow degree and HND courses alongside their sighted peers.
While some of these students have been educated mainly in a segregated setting, others have failed to achieve in a mainstream setting often because they have been denied the opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability owing to lack of resources and expertise.
COLIN HOUSBY-SMITH, Principal
Royal National College for the Blind