Visual Disability Classroom Tips
- Talk with the student to determine his/her abilities.
- Provide testing alternatives for students who are visually impaired (can be done orally in Tutoring Center).
- Adapt course outlines to large print or tape, if needed.
- Verbalize what is being written on the board or overhead giving full descriptions and as many details as possible.
- Write larger, darker, or in all caps when using the chalkboard or an overhead projector.
- Allow the taping of lectures for study.
- See if one color chalk would be easier for the student to see than another.
- Encourage the student to sit closer to the chalkboard or overhead than other students.
- Verbally clarify films, visual aids, and/or graphs/charts.
- Encourage students to use taped texts and large print texts.
- Give student verbal orientation to the classroom, laboratory, and/or tools to be utilized. Keep classroom arrangement consistent.
- Keep the classroom door closed to limit noise.
- In the event of an emergency, be sure to tell the student the best way to the exits. Exit signs may or may not be readily identified by visually impaired students.
Source: (1) Smith, Lynn M., "The College Student with a Disability: A Faculty Handbook", Washington, D.C. (2) "The President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, 1980. (3) Warnath, Charles F., and Dunnington, Leslie G. "Disabled Students on the Campus", Journal of College Student Personnel Vol. 22 (May 1981): 236-241. (4) Dalke, Connie L., "Support Programs in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities", 1991.