Module 4: Accommodations for Vision Impairments
Managing Work and Time (Planning and Scheduling)
An educator must plan lessons, keep to a semester-long and daily schedule, organize student grades, and maintain contact information.
For educators with visual limitations, the challenges associated with these tasks are similar to those for reading or writing. However, in this case, in addition to reviewing documents, the information may also include schedules, phone books, and watches or clocks.
Accommodation options may include (see also section on Reading or Writing):
- Use large print planners, address books, etc. magnifiers; or similar strategies described under the Reading or Writing section.
- Use a large display clock to keep classes on schedule.
More Significant Vision Loss or Blind
- Use Braille Rolodex cards, electronic files along with screen reading, or similar strategies described under the Reading or Writing section.
- Use a talking clock.
- Use a vibrating watch alarm to keep classes on schedule.
- Use a digital voice recorder to “write” short notes for later reference.
- Use a portable notetaker device to keep a schedule, manage contact lists, and take notes.
Specially designed for people with visual impairments, these devices provide standard or Braille keyboard input, and auditory or refreshable Braille output. They can take the place of a PDA, and some now include wireless Internet and GPS features.
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