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BLINDNESS / VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

Impaired vision affecting central visual acuity field of vision, color perception, or binocular visual function; degree of severity may be low vision, legal blindness or total blindness; vision may vary due to lighting, color contrast, physical health, eye condition, weather, etc.

Limitations may include:

  • limited space, form and/or depth perception
  • difficulty reading regular print
  • illegible handwriting
  • poor color discrimination
  • deficient night vision
  • need for mobility/orientation training/assistance

Accommodations may include:

  • extended time for exams and lengthy reading assignments
  • tape recording lectures, exams, responses, etc.
  • seating to avoid glare or bright light
  • front seating for viewing blackboard or overhead projector
  • use of reader and/or scribe
  • alternate format, i.e. audio, large print, Braille, computer disk, email
  • tactile drawings
  • computer with voice synthesis
  • print copy of overhead transparencies
  • note taking assistance

 

Communication Tips:

  • Speak directly to the person in a normal tone of voice. DON’T SHOUT; blindness and deafness are not related impairments.
  • When meeting, identify yourself and others with you. When conversing in a group, identify whom you are addressing.
  • Offer assistance if it appears necessary, but pay attention to the person’s response-take your cues from him or her.
  • Be specific with verbal directions to places, give approximate distances.
  • Walk alongside and slightly ahead of the person; don’t hold onto the person’s arm unless asked to do so. The person can take cues from the way you respond.
  • Avoid escalators and revolving doors if possible. On the stairs, assist the person by putting his or her hand on the railing.
  • When assisting in sitting down, put the person’s hand on the back of the chair.
  • Don’t leave people who are blind in an open area or without saying that you are leaving. When you leave, lead the person to a landmark so he or she can get a sense of direction.
  • Do not pet a guide dog-you may distract the dog from its important job.

 

General Communication Tips

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