Students with visual impairments are most often educated in public schools alongside students without disabilities. This module and the Elementary or Secondary subject-specific documents are designed to help classroom teachers working with braille reading students.
These resources provide classroom teachers with a variety of strategies to address the reading and writing needs of students with visual impairments. It must be emphasized that a student’s visual impairment and its impact will be unique. For example, two students with the same diagnosis and visual acuity may function differently in the classroom. The following documents provide general information - the needs of the students may be more specific. Therefore, it is important to consult with your district Vision Resource Teacher to help interpret the functional vision assessment regarding the student’s functional vision in the classroom.
This guide was written to support classroom teachers of students, who use Braille or enlarged print as their primary reading and writing medium, to participate in general education, typical grade level curriculum. This resource guide was written for classroom teachers by teachers of students with visual impairments in British Columbia. The purpose of this guide is to provide strategies to maximize learning by providing appropriate adaptations and tools for the format the student uses and understands.
This guide provides a framework for implementation of adaptations to meet the general learning expectations across BC curricula from Kindergarten to Grade 7. BC Prescribed Learner Outcomes are paired with recommended adaptations for students who are visually impaired. Along with PLO's and specific adaptations, are descriptions for the role that team members will fulfill in students' educational development.