Access for Students with Low Vision
For many students with low vision, using standard educational materials
is a daily struggle. Look here for Assistive Technoloy suggestions
on adapting educational materials to address many difficulties.
We also offer a handout on Vendors of AT
devices for students with Low Vision. Another website offers
useful information on Aids
and Assistive Technology: Library Services for Visually Impaired
This section offers a range of solutions for what to do if the:
- Print size is too small.
of foreground and background is too low.
- Background is too busy or cluttered
to perceive important foreground information.
- Material is not organized
in a direct left to right sequence, making tracking difficult.
handwriting is slow and quality is poor, making it difficult to complete assignments
on time and to re-read what s/he wrote.
- Browser window is too small and the pointer is hard to find
Some solutions help the student directly. Others are used to modify
classroom materials so the student can independently use them.
For many students with low vision, access to standard educational
materials is a daily struggle that often requires adult assistance.
describes visual impairments that can affect education:
- "Partially sighted" indicates some type of
visual problem has resulted in a need for special education.
- "Low vision" generally refers to a severe visual
impairment, not necessarily limited to distance vision. Low vision
applies to all individuals with sight who are unable to read the
newspaper at a normal viewing distance, even with the aid of eyeglasses
or contact lenses. They use a combination of vision and other
senses to learn, although they may require adaptations in lighting
or the size of print, and, sometimes, Braille.
make print materials accessible to people who are blind or have low vision, four
methods are widely used. These are sometimes referred to as alternate
- Electronic documents, and
- Large print.