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Back-to-school tips for visually impaired students


By William Bowman - Posted on 07 August 2015

Back to school tips

Visually Impaired People Organization Inc. would like to give you a check list of things to do for visually impaired children as they prepare to go back to school.

1. You should take the kids to the doctor for an annual eye exam along with regular physical checkups at this time of year each year.

2. Make sure they have their glasses and have them repaired if they need to be repaired. Get them glasses if they need them. A child who needs glasses and don’t have them will not be productive in school. Why? Cause they cannot see to read their books or black board.

3. Check all assistive technology magnifiers, talking watches, calculators etc for dead batteries and replace them. Also check our computers for updates ad make software is working properly.

4. Go to the store and look for large print rulers and bold line note books and paper.

5. Talk to teachers and counselors about the child’s visual impairment and get them to make accommodations and do IEP Individual Education Plan 504 PLANS for the visually impaired kid so that they can have a normal experience in school as possible.

6. Learn to become your own advocate and connect with local advocate groups who can advise you if the school does not accommodate your child’s needs.

7. Know what I t takes for your kid to learn and how he or she needs to learn. If you don’t knowask a low vision professional or certified eye doctor who specializes in low vision for his or her assistance getting the help you need.

8. Always start local and connect with local resources and if that does not work for you contact state agencies for help in paying for accommodations.

9. Google the term for visual impairment and seek help with learning your rights to a public education. You may also seek a support group locally to help deal with the visual impairment for Children and adults.

10. You may also want to visit our website for local assistance in finding aissitive technology if you do not know where to purchase it locally. The website is WWW. VISUALLYIMPAIREDPEOPLE.ORG.

We hope this check list helps you in preparing your visually impaired kids for school. If you need our assistance we are here to offer you our services for free. Make an appointment by calling us at 334 -354-4015.

V.I.P. is a 501c3, tax exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to providing low vision community education, mentoring and support for the visually impaired and their care givers.

V.I.P. was founded by William H. Bowman in 1998. He saw a need to help the sight impaired when he discovered there were no programs in Selma providing this service for the visually impaired.

V.I.P. Sponsors

Walmart Foundation
Eyesight Foundation of Alabama
Black Belt Community Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Freedom Scientific
First Cahawba Bank
Hat Country Resistal Hats
AI Squared Zoom Text
Moore Stewart Honda
Carter Drug Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Pepsi Cola
Wyatt-Kirkpatrick Eye
City of Selma
Dallas County Commission
Regions Bank