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Working with Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Instructional Tips:

  • Provide student access to course materials prior to lectures to allow the student time to arrange for alternate formats.
  • Offer materials in accessible digital formats as students may need to use various software tools to enlarge or read the material and text.
  • Ensure students with guide dogs can sit where appropriate to accommodate the dog.
  • Provide an auditory and visual teaching approach; do the same in meetings or other encounters. Read aloud anything that is written on the board or presented on handouts, PowerPoint slides, or any other visual aids. Create text-based descriptions of materials that are primarily visual or graphical in nature.
  • Attempt to be specific when describing visuals (e.g., avoid “this” and “that”).
  • Provide clear pathways and directions for the student who is cane traveling.
  • If moving a class, be sure to have someone remain behind to let the student know (a note on the door will not suffice).
  • If the classroom or office arrangement has changed, let the student know.
  • Student may utilize a note taker as an accommodation for the class.