By: Carmen Willings
School and classroom environmental adaptations can help the student who is blind or visually impaired move safely and efficiently through their environment. A student's need for adaptations to the environment depends on their visual impairment and any additional disabilities. It is important to understand each student’s visual diagnosis and the implications with regard to functional vision to make the appropriate adaptations in order to maximize the student's use of vision.
The school will need to ensure that there are special considerations for students who are blind or visually impaired. These include providing ADA signage, playground and other school campus adaptations. This page provides suggestions and strategies for adapting the school campus in order to assist the student with visual impairments.
It is important to have an organized room particularly when you have a student with a visual impairment in your class. This page provides suggestions for arranging the classroom to meet the unique needs of the student.
When labeling materials in the room, it is important to use a labeling system that is accessible to all students. This page provides suggestions for labeling learning stations and storage in your classroom to encourage independence.
Some students with visual impairments will need adjustments to the lighting to minimize the negative impact of their visual impairment. This page provides suggestions for making lighting adaptations whether it is to increase or decrease lighting.
This page provides suggestions on incorporating students as well as possible activities and concepts to incorporate into Recess/Gym.
A sensory station is appropriate for students who need a place to go where they can have minimal visual and auditory distractions. For the student with visual impairments such Cortical Visual Impairment, they may need this highly controlled environment to learn to look and use their vision. This page provides suggestions for setting up a sensory station in your classroom.
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