Blind-Visual Impairment

Students with visual impairments need time and specifically designed opportunities to learn concepts and skills. In contrast, their typically sighted peers have multiple opportunities to learn visually through everyday observations. These observations teach direct and indirect concepts, as well as give the knowledge and confidence to attempt tasks. Without specially designed instruction to address the knowledge and skills that emerge naturally for their typically sighted peers, students with visual impairments may have inconsistent and fragmented information which can impact their progression throughout school and life. Therefore, it is important for educational teams to fully assess the needs of students with visual impairments, address their educational needs, and plan for their long-term success.