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.
This article gives you some insight into the man behind the dots – all those tiny rows of dots arranged in intricate patterns that make text accessible to people who are visually impaired. So who invented Braille? What were its beginnings?
The child who draws right at the bottom of the page… The one who always skips lines when reading… The child who can’t catch a ball… The one who does anything to avoid a pen and paper in class. What is the story behind these kids? Lazy? Bored? Clumsy? Or something more?
The eyes are more than just the window to the soul, they are also an integral part of our ability to function well in the classroom, at home and in the wider community. Children with visual perception problems need to be identified and given support and intervention to help them learn well.
Students with visual impairments can exhibit a range of vision function that may or may not require assistive technology, large print written text, or special accommodation in the classroom. Whatever the range of sight abnormalities, each student who has visual difficulties will need assistance.
If you have a student with low vision in your classroom for the first time, you probably have some questions. From what is considered low vision to what kinds of low vision aids are typically used in the classroom, you may be wondering how you can best serve these students.
This fun art activity is great for visually impaired children as it combines learning about animals, art activities and night and day activities – all in the one neat lesson! Use ‘Zzz..The book of sleep’ as the basis for this literature and art activity for visually impaired children.
What is visual processing disorder and how is it affecting the students in your classroom? By understanding the symptoms you can create effective solutions that will enhance learning for students with this learning disability.
This article will help teachers explore common types of visual impairments that students may exhibit in the special education or regular education classroom. Knowing the characteristics of visual impairments will be useful in planning for and teaching students with vision problems.
In most classrooms, visual aids are posted everywhere in the classroom. Teachers use visual aids to enhance the learning experience for all students. However, students with vision impairments may need additional strategies in knowing how to use visual aids to enhance their learning success.
Irlen Syndrome is commonly referred to as visual stress. It is when students have trouble reading black print on a white background. This is often a difficult problem to detect because teachers often do not have the tools to assess for this problem or knowledge of colored overlays to help students.
Visual impairment creates hurdles in the path of learning and living independently in our society for students with visual disabilities. Through a combined effort of parents, teachers and communities, children with visual impairments can learn independent living skills.
Visual processing disorder does not affect the way the eyes take in information from the surrounding world, rather it is the way the brain interprets that information. This misinterpretation can create a wide range of difficulties for students, but with help, they can thrive despite the challenges.
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.
Do you have a special student who is either completely or partially blind? Do you already know the assistive technologies or tools that this student will need? This article will give you ideas on what could be included in the visually-impaired student’s IEP.