Cambodia Hearing and Vision Screening Report
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the All Children Reading–Cambodia project in 2017. The objective of All Children Reading–Cambodia is to improve instruction in the early grades with the goal of increasing the learning outcomes of primary students with and without disabilities.
The goal of this activity was to pilot screening tools on a reasonable scale to determine if teachers could be trained to appropriately deploy these tools to identify children who may have hearing or vision difficulties. Additionally, it was important to test whether the necessary relationships and arrangements could be established to enable referrals for further evaluation and support for students who may have vision or hearing difficulties. This report mostly describes the support provided in terms of medical assessments and the provision of assistive devices such as hearing aids and glasses, however All Children Reading – Cambodia is also working to support students more holistically, e.g. offering sign language to deaf students, large print and “easy to read” versions of reading materials, working with teachers to support them to change instructional practices, and to provide families with information. It is important to note that these are crucial for many students to meaningfully access education.