Options for the student: Improving access and efficiency
Each student is unique – some of the suggestions below may be utilised
by students with vision impairments in order to improve access and efficiency.
|Curriculum materials||Low vision aids|
|Materials in alternative format||Paper with bold lines|
- The BrailleNote has all the features of a typical laptop computer – and comes with braille input, refreshable
braille display and audio output
- The Perkins brailler can be used to produce hard-copy braille
from Prep to Year 12 eg maths in the senior years
- The Mountbatten brailler is a electronic device which produces hard copy braille and has voice output
- The slate and stylus is a small pocket sized device for producing
braille manually in limited quantities and is a useful device in situations
where the student does not have access to a brailler eg to take down phone
- Many students produce their work using a laptop or other portable device such as a BrailleNote
or iPad. Accessibility options may assist some students however others
may benefit from specialised software for large print, speech or braille access.
- Keyboarding often replaces handwriting for the student with a vision impairment. Using the key commands as an
alternative to the mouse can assist the student to access the computer efficiently.
- Recording devices such as mp3 or DAISY players can be used to record worksheets or assignments, to make comments on assignments or tests and give extended directions.
- Many students have difficulty accessing the print in standard dictionaries,
atlases and street directories. There are alternatives which may be suitable
- large print dictionaries, atlases and street directories
- atlases and dictionaries on CD where maps can be enlarged on the
screen and printed out
- online dictionaries, encyclopedias and maps
- a talking dictionary/thesaurus (Language Master) is used by some
students with great success
- There are many ways to adapt the curriculum for blind and low vision
students. For fun ideas in mathematics, science, English, physical education
etc go to our curriculum page.
Low vision aids may assist the student to work independently in the classroom
- magnifiers for reading print, studying maps, viewing diagrams in mathematics
- a monocular for reading the whiteboard, wall charts and for taking
- electronic magnification units which can be used for near work – to
enlarge print, maps or diagrams from a book – and/or for distance work
– to view and capture images from the board
- Each student generally has a preferred format, though may utilise
a variety of formats depending on the task eg audio book for leisure reading,
pdf file on computer for text books, braille for labeling CDs
- Text books and novels can be provided to eligible students as
audio, braille, electronic text or large print – see the SVRC catalogue page.
- Worksheets and handouts can be produced in schools eg articles
from the newspaper can be downloaded and saved to a flashdrive for the
student to use on their laptop or BrailleNote; the Mountbatten brailler
can be linked to computer allowing teacher notes prepared in Word to be
translated into braille and embossed
- Many novels commonly used in schools are commercially available
as audio books. Schools may like to purchase audio books for their library.
- For students with low vision, paper with bold lines and enlarged spaces
for writing may assist – a range of different bold lined paper can be is available eg lined pages for writing, graph
paper for mathematics, staves for music notation, clock face
- Bring work closer to the eyes for optimum reading angles and lighting
can reduce neck and back pain from bending down to the desk to read
- There are a variety of reading stands available
See the VCE page for information about Special Provision for students with vision impairments, resources for
senior students, transition to further study etc.