Students with Vision Disabilities

Vision is measured in terms of how much can be seen (peripheral field of vision) and how clearly it can be seen (visual acuity). At the College of Charleston we have students who are considered legally blind and also those who have low vision or are partially sighted.

Suggested classroom strategies

  • Identify your textbooks early so students have time to order them in alternate format as needed.
  • Try to keep a clear path from the door into the room.
  • Encourage students to keep personal items out of pathways between desks.
  • Make sure the classroom has adequate lighting.
  • Face the class when speaking.
  • Pace presentation of material; if referring to a textbook or handout, allow time for students to find the information.
  • Use dark markers on the whiteboard.
  • Read aloud what you write on the whiteboard or present in PowerPoint.
  • Verbally describe objects and processes whenever possible.
  • During class discussions, ask speakers to identify themselves by name.
  • Inform students about field trips in advance so they can make transportation arrangements.
  • Assist as needed with allowing space for a service animal.
  • Be open to suggestions from the students about how to best accommodate their needs.

Possible recommended academic accommodations

  • Provide syllabus and other written items in enlarged font or electronically
  • Priority seating
  • Use of texts in alternate format
  • Ability to audio record lectures or use laptop or tablet to take notes

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