Teaching And Learning Adjustments
As every student with vision impairment has individual needs, the following strategies are given as suggestions only.
- Some students may benefit from being close to the demonstration/teaching focus.
- Discuss the most appropriate placement with the Sensory Vision visiting teacher.
- Some students may require extra lighting.
- Some students may be light sensitive.
- Discuss the most appropriate lighting with the Sensory Vision visiting teacher.
Tip - Do not position the student facing a light source and try not to stand with your back to the window or other light source when demonstrating or displaying materials.
- Some students may require dark-lined paper, dark lead pencils or black felt tipped pens.
- Use white or yellow chalk on blackboards and black or blue felt pens on whiteboards.
- Discuss the most appropriate contrast needs with the Sensory Vision visiting teacher.
- Provide consistent environments and inform the student if classroom layouts change.
- The student may require extra storage space for Braille or Large Print books and equipment.
- Use directions that are descriptive, for example, say 'left' or 'right' not 'over there'.
Students with vision impairment may require more time to complete classroom tasks and assessments.
Tip - The student’s vision can vary during the day and is sometimes affected by tiredness and stress. Ways to minimise fatigue include alternating visual and non-visual activities.
Alternative Format Materials
Materials can be provided in braille, large print, tactile or audio formats through the Sensory Vision visiting teacher.