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Teaching Students with Visual Impairments Katie Cieszlak Merisa Musemic Initial Meetings… Introduce yourself at the beginning of the day, class hour, etc.. When approaching the student, say something like “Good Morning, Sarah. It’s Ms. Cieszlak.” Talk to student directly.

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teaching students with visual impairments

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Katie Cieszlak

Merisa Musemic

initial meetings
Initial Meetings…
  • Introduce yourself at the beginning of the day, class hour, etc..
  • When approaching the student, say something like “Good Morning, Sarah. It’s Ms. Cieszlak.”
  • Talk to student directly.
  • Talk to parents and student about their preferences. Especially what has worked in the past and what has not worked.
when using handouts
When Using Handouts…
  • Verbally read entire paper aloud.
  • Read aloud all directions.
  • Provide students a copy of notes, PowerPoint, handouts in assessable formats a head of time.
  • Put handouts in larger print/Braille.
  • When printing handouts, consider you students with color blindness preferences.
general strategies
General Strategies…
  • Verbalize anything written on the board or on PowerPoint.
  • Give feedback about assignments (positive & corrective) directly to the student.
  • Inform substitute teachers to verbalize their actions, read information on the board, and to introduce themselves.
general strategies5
General Strategies…
  • Use assigned seats.
  • Or move students with visual impairments closer to the board.
  • Use fabrics, substances, or material with textures to help student find their desk, box/cubby hole, keys, etc…
  • For students with color blindness, talk to the students.
  • When writing feedback, be aware of your students with color blindness preferences.
aides assistive technology
Aides / Assistive Technology
  • Magnifying sheets
  • Tape recorders
  • Braille paper
  • Overhead projectors
  • CCTV: Closed Circuit Television
  • Special papers or pens.
electronic aides
Electronic Aides
  • Kurzwiel reader
  • Jaws
  • Talking clocks & watches
websites for books
Websites for books…
  • www.rfbd.org
    • Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic
  • www.loc.gov/nls
    • National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
  • www.franklin.com
    • Talking Dictionaries
websites for assistive technology
Websites for Assistive technology…
  • www.kurzweiledu.com
    • Kurzweil readers
  • www.perkins.org
    • Braille readers
  • www.independantlivingaids.com
  • www.ablezone.com/as.asp
  • www.freedomscientific.com
  • www.humanware.com
  • www.amazon.com
    • Daily Living Aids, then low vision aids
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Assistive Technology to Meet

K–12 Student Needs

  • http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm
thank you any questions
Thank You…Any Questions?
  • http://www.sbac.edu/~tpl/clipart/cliparthumbs.htm
  • http://www.aph.org/prodpics/blp2.jpg