Possible characteristics you might see the student display:
- Struggle with glare, florescent or reduced lighting
- Difficulty learning visual concepts
- Difficulty getting to class because of transportation problems
- Using a service animal or cane. ( An animal must be under control at all times)
Top 10 teaching strategies to consider:
- Do not assume the student wants help. Ask! Ask the student to share information about "rules" regarding a guide dog. Never pet a guide dog without permission.
- Post outlines and course materials in electronic format on your website. The students may use assistive technology so it can be "read" electronically.
- When writing on the white board, use thick black pens and be sure to say out loud what you're writing.
- Use clear, richly detailed verbal descriptions of visual aids or graphics
- Consider the student with a visual impairment when you are showing a film in class. You might want to verbally describe important points if only presented visually.
- When having classroom discussions, encourage all students to say their names before they talk so the student can keep track of who is speaking.
- Allow/encourage the student to record class sessions. Digital recorders can be checked out in Disability Services for the student to use.
- If the student needs handouts enlarged, copies of overhead or Power point slides modified as per their accommodation letter, have them ready to distribute at the beginning of class
- Survey classroom for potential tripping hazards
- Ask the student for any strategies that may have been used successfully in the past
- Be sure of the emergency route from your classroom and talk with the student about the type of assistance s/he will want
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If you would like to read more about this topic see Disability Services: "Faculty Training Tips: Guidance for Teaching Students with Disabilities, Chapter 6, pages, 131-136.