The class teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) need the following information so that a working environment for a vision impaired pupil can be planned:
- Distance and near vision wearing glasses if prescribed and how it can be improved with low vision aids
- 'Working distances' for other activities e.g. practical work
- Vision condition and prognosis
- Is there a field defect?
- Is there a preferred dominant eye?
- Are there restrictions on physical activities such as diving or heading a ball?
- Does the child need regular medication, e.g. eye drops for glaucoma?
- Is there a colour vision problem?
- Have glasses been prescribed and when should they be used?
- What low vision aids are to be used?
- What lighting levels are best for the vision condition?
- What size and contrast of print is best?
From Spotlight on Special Educational Needs: visual impairment, second edition, Heather L Mason, a NASEN Publication.
The Working Environment -
- Seating arrangements
- The classroom layout
- Visual displays
Teaching and Learning Aids -
- Writing materials
- Printed materials
- Note taking
- Low vision aids
- ICT equipment
Specialist Curriculum Areas -
- Word processing skills
- Listening skills
- Habilitation and mobility
Visual Skills - Daily Living and Self-Help Skills -
- Personal grooming
- Relationships with people including the opposite sex and sex education
- Independent living skills
- Assertiveness and self-advocacy
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