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Tips for Blind/Visually Impaired

The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who are blind or visually impaired in post-secondary education. Recommended on-campus referral sources are also included.​  

Academic Tips for students who are blind or visually impaired  

  • Offer preferential seating; paying attention to lighting and glare on dry erase boards, overheads, computer projections 
  • Understand level of visual impairment 
  • Preferential seating can make these students more comfortable
  • Maintain regular contact with DRS office and student for accessibility needs 
  • Verbalize any written or visual information
  • Review general room layout (exits, desks, lecture location, etc.) 
  • Use directives, i.e., left, right, step up, step down 
  • Use enhanced verbal descriptions 
  • Give comparisons and analogies with familiar objects that do not depend on prior visual knowledge 
  • Ignore assist dogs, they are not to be touched or talked to 

Common Assistive Technology  

  • Screen Magnification software: ZoomText
  • Alternative text: Braille, audio books, enlarged text 
  • Screen Reading software: Jaws and ZoomText 
  • Dual monitor set up for computer classes 

CGCC Referral Sources: