This page has been written for parents, but is relevant to anyone supporting someone who has CVI and uses a wheelchair, as explained in our Introduction.
We have not written a separate section of labels for wheelchair users because of the wide range of children in this group, and because we are unaware of any of these learning and behavioural labels that are specific to wheelchair users.
Click here for the Alphabetical List of Labels given to children with CVI.
For non-verbal children with CVI who use a wheelchair please also see our page Non-Verbal Children - Labels.
One area we think is worth noting, concerns lack of accessibility affecting learning opportunities, that can lead to some of the developmental challenges that different labels refer to, for example low self-esteem or social communication difficulties. In the alphabetical list we explain the connection with CVI, but what about wheelchair users specifically?
Social skills are expected to be picked up through different interactions as your child gets older. Some of this will be at school, but much will be outside of school.
Every parent of a child who uses a wheelchair knows of the huge issues with physical accessibility, due to stairs, narrow doorways , clutter in corridors or aisles, uneven floors and steep surfaces. Most countries have legislation about public buildings meeting certain standards, which is improving, but your child's social development is not limited to public buildings. Playing may be different for your child in a wheelchair, going to the houses of other children, participating at children's parties may all be a little more difficult, or a lot more difficult, or even not possible.
Accessible learning is not just a school with a lift and wide doors. Learning takes place all day every day, and where it is not physically accessible due to wheelchair accessibility requirements, you need to look at what you can do to help. We know there are not always easy solutions, but sometimes just being aware of the cause of a difficult is an important first step towards help and support.
Alphabetical List of Labels
Newsletter 24, introducing the labels.
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