Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Are you teaching a student who is blind or visually impaired? Find helpful advice, resources and lesson plan ideas for students with partial or full visual impairment. Whether you are a brand new special education teacher or a seasoned veteran, you’re sure to find resources and advice to help you. Read articles on Braille and teaching blind students how to read. Also learn about assistive technology that can help your students succeed in class.

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  • Seeing New Possibilities: A Guide to Teaching Students With Visual Impairments
    Children with visual impairments are increasingly becoming students in general education classrooms. Teaching students that are visually impaired requires preparation, planning, and support from specialists. Use this guide to begin the educational journey to accommodate these students' needs.
  • Looking Through Their Eyes: Teaching Suggestions for Visually Impaired Students
    Making minor adjustments to the classroom, providing aids and monitoring progress are simple ways to teach a visually impaired child so they succeed in a regular classroom. Allowing them to use all of their senses and build on their strengths will help to avoid discouragement and academic struggles.
  • 8 Games to Play with the Visually Impaired
    Visually impaired children also need to be entertained. Like other children, they too need games that fun and interesting. The article discusses various games that use Braille in its functioning to help visually impaired children enjoy.
  • Guide to Teaching a Preschool Child With Visual Impairment
    Having a child with a visual impairment can be a daunting challenge. If you are the teacher of a blind or partially sighted preschooler for the first time, just read on for some great ways to teach these students.
  • Identifying Students With Visual Impairment: The Early Signs
    Students with visual impairment may look like typical children, but early signs can indicate a problem. It's important to identify these signs at a young age in order to take advantage of early intervention. Learn the early signs of visual loss in children and what can be done for them in school.
  • Socialization of Blind and Visually Impaired Students
    A child learns how to interact with others through seeing and by modeling others. Children with visual impairments, however, may require social skills training due to their inability to rely on visual cues. Read on to see what you as a teacher can do to aid this process.
  • Children's Stories for the Visually Impaired
    Children with visual disabilities have very limited access to books. The best books for visually impaired children are of course print – Braille books or books with tactile representations of pictures. This article also includes a list of popular books for young visually impaired children.
  • Using Page Magnifiers in Your Classroom for the Visually Impaired
    If you have students with visual impairments in your classroom, they may need to use page magnifiers to read books or peers' papers. Page magnifiers for the visually impaired are easy to order and come in many shapes and sizes. Learn more about using this assistive technology.
  • Braille Curriculum Choices for the Vision-Impaired Student
    Students with vision impairments use a reading method known as Braille. By running their fingers along a series of raised dots, blind students are able to decipher letters, numbers, and words. There are several excellent curriculum options available to teachers whose students are learning Braille.
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