Visual Impairment

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Supporting the Achievement of Learners with Vision Impairment in Higher Education

This guide has been produced to aid Higher Education (HE) professionals understand how they can best work with students who have vision impairment, to facilitate a positive and inclusive experience.

This resource has been produced by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR), University of Birmingham with support from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Thomas Pocklington Trust and the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP).

The content (including illustrative case studies) has been informed by the research evidence based on the experiences of students with vision impairment in 25 different HE UK institutions.

Maths

For drawing a Venn diagram or flow chart, a VI student might use an APH Draftsman or an EASY sketchpad (less expensive than a Draftsman), along with a stylus, compass, stencils, etc.

For creating a graph on a coordinate plane, a student could use an APH Graphic Aid for Mathematics (rubber graph board) with push pins, rubber bands, etc.; raised line graph paper with Wikki Stix, high dots, etc.; Talking Graphing Calculator from Desmos (ask to play with their accessible one with audio and braille), Audio Graphing Calculator from ViewPlus; Orion TI-84+ Talking Graphing Calculator from APH.

Accessible graphing calculators:

One limited/free the other for purchase.

https://www.desmos.com/calculator [Accessed 18 May 2017]

https://viewplus.com/product/audio-graphing-calculator/ [Accessed 18 May 2017]