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​Disability Resources & Services

Blind/Visually Impaired

What is it?

  • Loss of vision that cannot be corrected to a "normal level"
  • Approximately 90% have functional (usable) vision
  • Approximately 10% are functionally blind
  • Vision can change (deteriorate) over the course of a semester
  • Accommodations need to be flexible and adjusted over time

Warning signs

  • Difficulty identifying faces or objects
  • Struggling to read, stops reading for pleasure
  • Holding reading materials close to face
  • Frequent squinting and headaches
  • Asks for verbal explanations of written board work
  • Decreased attention to personal appearance
Low Vision Myths
  • Anyone with a visual impairment uses a white cane
    • A white cane is for mobility purposes; not all individuals choose this aid
  • Individuals with low vision are unable to drive
    • Some persons with low vision may earns a driver's license
    • Eligible individuals may have restrictions on their license
  • Individuals with low vision are unable to read regular print and use Braille
    • May low vision individuals prefer enlarged print or screen reading software
  • Individuals with low vision do not need Orientation and Mobility (OM) training
    • Most individual with visual impairments benefit from OM training

Also see Academic Tips for Blind/Visually Impaired