Blind/Visually Impaired

What is it?

  • Loss of vision that cannot be corrected to a normal level

  • Approximately 90% have functional (usable) vision

  • Approximately 10% are functionally blind

  • Vision can change (deteriorate) over the course of a semester

  • Accommodations need to be flexible and adjusted over time

Warning signs

  • Difficulty identifying faces or objects

  • Struggling to read, stops reading for pleasure

  • Holding reading materials close to face

  • Frequent squinting and headaches

  • Asks for verbal explanations of written board work

  • Decreased attention to personal appearance

Low Vision Myths

  • Anyone with a visual impairment uses a white cane

  • A white cane is for mobility purposes; not all individuals choose this aid

  • Individuals with low vision are unable to drive

  • Some persons with low vision may earn a driver's license

  • Eligible individuals may have restrictions on their license

  • Many low vision individuals prefer enlarged print or screen reading software

  • Most individuals with visual impairments benefit from OM training

  • Individuals with low vision are unable to read regular print and use Braille

  • Individuals with low vision do not need Orientation and Mobility (OM) training

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