Blind Men and the Elephant


Partial Concepts Based on Touch

Children with CVI need Active Learning and specific considerations to ensure they develop complete concepts about the world.  This is a cartoon that highlights the misconceptions that might develop without carefully taught, total exploration of concepts in the world. Each of these men with visual impairments experiences only part of “elephantness”.  To the man at the tail, an elephant is like a rope.  To the man at the leg, an elephant is like a tree trunk. To the man at the ear, the elephant is like a fan.  Each is correct according to the limited tactile experience but  all are developing a completely wrong concept about elephants.  Teachers and parents need to ensure that the child with a visual impairment explore everything completely and in real form for complete and total access to the world’s information.