What are examples of accommodations for students with low vision in science labs?

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Since each student's accommodation needs are unique and the student is often most knowledgeable about effective accommodations, be sure to talk with the student about what accommodations he/she might need.

Some specific accommodations that might be useful to a student with low vision in a science lab include the following:

  • Provide a lab partner.
  • Use plastic instead of glassware.
  • Allow extra time for set up and completion of lab work.
  • Modify safety procedures.
  • Give verbal descriptions of demonstrations and visual aids.
  • Provide large-print instructions and illustrations.
  • Use raised line drawings or tactile models for illustrations.
  • Have large-print laboratory signs and equipment labels.
  • Connect a video camera to a computer/TV monitor to enlarge microscope images.
  • Make available a hand-held magnifier or binoculars.
  • Provide a large print calculator.

This list is from the DO-IT publication Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities.

For more examples of accommodations that can be made in science labs consult the DO-IT Knowledge Base article What are examples of accommodations in science laboratories?

Last update or review: January 25, 2013