Low Vision Impairment

Accommodations

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• When student enters and exits classroom, speak to student
• Notify student when you are leaving the room and reassurance of you will be back
• Use positive language with student, do not isolate child and learning ability
• Call student by their name when wanting their attention
• Do not use facial gestures in when attempting to communicate with student
• Designate a buddy for the student, who the visual impairment student is comfortable and is able to trust
• Have the student sit in front of the class
• Avoid seating student near glaring lights such as the window
• When describing an assignment or task provide detail information so student is able to visualize
• Use simple language when conveying information, such as the door is to your right, and “down there”
• Provide student with verbal notice of any changes in their routines that may occur, such as room changes.
• Have buddy read information to student when completing an assignment or task
• Make sure appropriate textbooks are ordered and present in classroom for student use
• When talking to the student always notify them who you are, do not make an assumption they can recognize your voice.
• Teachers should take into consideration the slight noise that a portable translator makes in the classroom
• It is not necessary to speak loudly to people with visual impairments as for many students their sense of hearing is heightened
• Photocopying black print on white paper creates a glare effect, but by photocopying onto pastel A4 paper this glare is reduced.

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