About Students who are Blind or Low Vision
Faculty are sometimes very nervous about having a blind student in their class. You needn't be! blind students do quite well in school. By the time they reach the College level, they are usually quite proficient in reading Braille, listening carefully and taking notes, and using special software to access the Internet and other library resources. With careful planning and a a little assistance, your blind students will have the same chance to succeed or fail as any other member of your class.
Other students have varying degrees of visual impairment, and need varying degrees of accommodation. This ranges from the near-sighted student who lost forgot their glasses to the truly visually impaired, who need large print handouts, screen-enlargement software and audio books, or lighted magnifiers for reading. If you have a visually challenged student in your class, you will need to consult with the Alternate Media Specialist, to make sure that modified books, handouts, and media material are prepared in advance of each class session.
Students who have been blind for a long time usually have good coping skills; they are proficient at reading Braille, they know how to navigate with a cane, and they can listen and take notes with minimal assistance. Students who lose their sight later in life often have great difficulty learning to use available tools. If your student is having difficulty learning, notify the DRC counselor early in the semester --before the student gets too far behind!
Created: March 10, 2009 @ 12:14 PM
Last Modified: March 08, 2010 @ 01:09 PM