Question: Can you include learners who are visually impaired in mainstream classrooms?
Answer: Yes. With sufficient support, learners who can’t see well can participate and learn effectively.
It may not be obvious if a learner is visually impaired. Some learners may be sensitive to light or have blurred vision, which affects their learning. The classroom environment has a significant impact on the success of learners with poor eyesight.
- the space is clear and tidy so that learners can move freely and safely
- resources which are used regularly are kept in the same place
- these learners sit closer to the board so they can see easily
- the lighting is as good as possible (e.g. open window blinds)
- the writing on the board is large and clear
- activities don’t just use sight, but hearing, smell, taste and touch as well.
What strategies will you try?