Any thoughts on this?

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Any thoughts on this?
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Wed, 02-21-2007 - 12:14am

It is "session" time in my state and, on the docket for discussion is a bill which compels a student's IEP team to decide that Braille is the appropriate reading medium for any student who has been determined eligible for visually impaired programs.

What do you think?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 02-22-2007 - 11:05pm

Okay -- short version of Visual Impairment and Blindness 101

Visual impairment is a "blanket term," as is "legally blind."
People who are legally blind are seldom totally blind. Some have quite a bit of vision --if you wear glasses and uncorrected, can't see the big "E" on the eye chart -- something like that. These people usually have enough functional vision to access print -- sometimes standard sized (12-point font), sometimes large print (usually between 16 point and 18 point font), use magnifiers, etc. Some people don't have enough vision to access print. About 1% of the visually impaired population is totally blind (cannot detect light). And, of course, there are people all along that continuum -- just as there are people who are deaf and people who are hard-of-hearing. Think of it like this -- although not quite a good analogy -- legally blind (mild/moderate hearing loss) through totally blind (profound hearing loss) and everything in between.

In education, in many states, children qualify for services for students who are visually impaired if they have 20/70 vision or worse in the better eye with correction. The definition of "legally blind" is 20/200 or worse in the better eye with best correction. There are also visual field considerations, but that is too hard to explain without being able to draw a picture. In education, we tend to err on the side of caution, I guess you could say.

So, does that make more sense?

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 02-22-2007 - 8:45am

I know nothing of the visually impaired (blind) world.

Maria :)