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Tips for Classroom Teachers

Visually Impaired, Low Vision and/or Blindness (VIB) are all terms to denote significant functional vision impairment.

By Diane Brauner and Annette Vinding

Common Technology Modifications for Students with Visual Impairments and Blindness

Visually Impaired, Low Vision and/or Blindness (VIB) are all terms to denote significant functional vision impairment.  Classroom teachers and professors will provide the best accessibility to their students with functional vision impairments by working ahead of any lecture and/or presentation with the TVI (school age), the Abilities Office (college) and/or the student (high school and college).

Accessibility in timely manner means that students with VIB should be receiving materials, information and texts at the same time as their sighted peers.  Many VIB students use a multisensory approach to managing schoolwork, sometimes relying on audio materials, sometimes hands-on materials, and sometimes enlarged or well-lighted materials.  The TVI (school age) and the student should be an integral part of the discussions with the teacher/professor in order that all efforts yield the desired result of timely accessibility.

Below are some tips and information for teachers and professors teaching STEM subjects that will assist them in helping out their students with VIB.

Class Work/Instruction

Classroom teachers need to work with TVI (school age), the Abilities Office (college) and/or directly with the student (high school and college) well in advance of the lecture/demonstration in order to provide timely accessibility to the student with visual impairment or blindness.

Viewing the Whiteboard

Screen sharing app such as Join.Me

Accessing Teacher Demonstration: Document camera

Teacher Locates/Creates Digital Materials that the student can edit

Student Creates on-the-fly Digital Materials

Hands-on Student Activities

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By Diane Brauner

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