What are typical accommodations for students with blindness?

Although each situation is different and the student is the best source of information regarding useful accommodations, the following accommodations are typical for a student with blindness:

  • Audiotaped, Brailled, or electronically formatted lecture notes, handouts, and texts
  • Verbal descriptions of visual aids
  • Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials
  • Braille lab signs and equipment labels; auditory lab warning signals
  • Adaptive lab equipment (e.g., talking thermometers and calculators, light probes, and tactile timers)
  • Computer with optical character reader, voice output, Braille screen display and printer output

For more information about accommodations for students with disabilities, consult Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities or view the video by the same title. For information about adaptive technology for students who are blind, consult Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments or view the video by the same title.

Date Updated: 

1/24/2013