Suggested Modification for Students with Visual Disabilities


  1. Provide reading lists or syllabi in advance to allow time for arrangements to be made, such as the taping or Brailing of texts.

  2. Allow the student to use note taking devices such as Braille-writers.

  3. Allow tape recording of lectures and class discussions.

  4. Team the student with a sighted classmate or lab partner.

  5. Reserve front seats for low-vision students. Make sure seats are not near or facing windows. Glare from the light can make it hard for a student to see the instructor or the board.

  6. Verbalize the content printed on transparencies, on the chalkboard, or when using computer projections such as PowerPoint.

  7. Face the class when speaking.

  8. Provide large print copies of classroom materials by enlarging them on a photo copier.

  9. Be flexible with assignment deadlines, especially if library research is requested.

  10. If a specific task is impossible for a student to carry out, consider an alternative assignment.

  11. Provide alternative testing formats (e.g. oral, large print, bold print, Braille or taped).

  12. Allow extended time for tests.

  13. Other adaptations suited to specific situations (such as tactile materials in presenting graphs or illustrations, or "real-time" interpretation of video or stage presentations) may be helpful.

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