By: Carmen Willings
Updated March 11, 2018
It can be beneficial, and in some cases necessary, to formally instruct those new to the vision field, team members, or peers with the opportunity to experience some of what it is like to be blind or have a visual impairment. Providing an in-service training using vision simulators is an excellent teaching tool to help educators learn about the impact of vision impairment on their students. Low vision simulators can make for a fun and educational in-service!
It must be stressed that simulating a visual impairment is not the same as having the visual impairment. The sighted person has the visual memory and experiences to draw from and assist them in identifying information and navigating their way through the environment.
Keep in mind that it is critical to ensure that everyone stays safe during any type of simulation especially during any movement activities. Each person under simulation should have a sighted monitor to ensure safety.
Vision Simulation Kits & Resources...
The Zimmerman Low Vision Simulation Kit contains goggles and interchangeable visual acuity and visual pathology simulations, as well as peripheral field restriction simulations that allow family, friends, colleagues, and those who work with individuals who have low vision, to better understand the affect that low vision has on mobility, learning, employment, and activities of daily living.
Vision Rehabilitation Services offers simulators that provide a reasonably accurate picture of some of the functional limitations and abilities that may be experienced with different types of visual impairments.
VisionSimulations.com is the largest medical illustrator of damaged vision in the United States. They regularly supply illustrations for use in the courtroom. Ten years of experience. Completed cases include loss of an eye, corneal scars, LASIK, PRK, RK, intraocular lenses, cataract surgery, strabismus surgery, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular disorders.
Free. Braille Institute's VisionSim (v3.0) app for iPhone and iPad was developed to allow people with healthy vision to see the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases. The eye diseases that are simulated are: age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, chronic open-angle glaucoma, corneal edema, diabetic retinopathy, homonymous hemianopia, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa.
$0.99. ColorDeBlind is an app that allows users to experience what it is like to be colorblind. It also modifies live video to help people who are color blind see the real world in ways they haven't before.
TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired. 32 Thematic Units and over 450 age neutral ECC activities in one book! Available for purchase as a pdf digital download.
Become a member for FREE to access the Printable VI Program Templates to support your district's vision program. Simply click on Log In|Register in the navigation bar at the top of the page and follow the directions to register and create your password.
Due to the nationwide shortage of vision professionals, it can be challenging to locate personnel. Announce a job vacancy on the Job Exchange of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, an online listing of jobs specific to the visual impairment field.
Hi! I'm Carmen Willings. Welcome to my website! I developed this web resource to support fellow TVI's and to educate those new to the field of visual impairments in how to best support students who are blind or visually impaired. Read More
This Social Etiquette Handout can be provided to anyone as guidelines for how to interact appropriately with persons who are blind or visually impaired.