There are many kinds of visual impairments some people struggle seeing long distances, some struggle reading small print, some people cannot see colours and others cannot see at all. Visual impairment can be caused by not enough use of eyes as a child, missing parts of the eye, or damage to the eye. People may use glasses to help them see. There are many versions of smart glasses that have been created to help blind people see. Brainport V100 record’s its user’s surroundings and converts these images into electric symbols transmitted through the tongue. EyeCane sends out infrared rays to translate distance into auditory cues. It provides visual information from sound and touch letting the user sense objects within a range of up to five meters. Blitab makes it possible to view whole pages of braille text at once and direct conversion of any text file into braille.
If a student in your class has a visual impairment you may…(dependent on the students visual impairment)
- Use specific coloured pens when writing. As some colour blind students may stubble seeing certain colours.
- Provide lots of time for students to inspect an object presented
- Provide lots of auditory instruction and tactile learning.
- Explain any visuals used in the class.
- Allow students with vision problems to sit up front.
- Use large text and images.
- Create lessons the learner can do.
- Provide students additional time to complete their work.
- Provide braille, page magnifiers.
- Maintain a consistant classroom arrangement.
- Use students names when addressing them.
- Do not limit their activities or underestimate mental abilities.