Low vision students are print users that require specialized equipment and materials. This is a physical sensory impairment of the student’s eye. It is important to understand and take into consideration the age and cause of the impairment. Depending on this information, individualized support can be delivered to students. This impairment is typically defined as visual acuity of 20/70 or less in one or both, with the best possible correction. Often times this type of impairment may be present at birth or due to an accident.
Blindness is usually defined as having a distance visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction (20/200 indicates that a child or student who is legally blind can see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see at a distance of 200 feet).