Visual Impairment – What is it like?

Have you ever been asked to present for disability awareness week? Were you asked to talk to a class that just finished reading The Miracle Worker? Do you have a new student starting a  school that you think the students or teachers need awareness of visual disabilities?

Here is a tool to help you! (the title is a link to the TSBVI page) I have made this as a kit several times and left it behind when I moved so it was ready to go for the next TVI. I color coded the stations for easy set up. I made a set of 60 blindfolds out of cloth so they were washable. Here are some of the other things I did by station.

  1. Station 1 – I bought a game which came with 20 different canisters of smell. Kept the smells contained and didn’t leak!
  2. Station 2 – I always taught sighted guide before hand. Never know if my student might need someone’s assistance. The end of the route had a bowl of mixed candies. The blindfolded person had to chose an item without looking. When the people switched to walk back, the second group had a bowl of candy on their end with completely different choices.
  3. Station 3 – I created a USB drive with wav sound files. This could also be on an iPod or iPad.
  4. Station 4 – brailling your own name was the most meaningful. I also brought real braille sentences for them to transcribe — way better than printed braille.
  5. Station 5 – the games I used were checkers, tic-tac-toe, connect four, and dominoes
  6. Station 6 – A favorite station. I also created a second activity so they partners could switch. It usually went smoother since they had already established a communication system. It was great for talking about how communication is so important.
  7. Station 7 – I created two different bags of items. I stored these in cloth bags and kept them together. One bag had more difficult items for high school students and adults.
  8. Station 8 – I made many more pictures which were more complex. I laminated these to be used over again. I made sure to include paper and pencils since most people didn’t bring any with them.

This continues to be my favorite form of in-service as it talks about the strengths a person can build instead of the ‘this is hard’ mentality. Using your senses is highlighted and the beauty of braille is explored.


Rule of Thumb for Print Size

If you forgot your handy ruler, use this to help remember print size.

Rule of Thumb:

6pt = telephone directory

8pt = newspaper

9pt = magazine

10pt = high school text

12pt= 9-12 years child book

14pt= 8-9 years child book

18pt= 7-8 years child book and large print texts

iPad Tabletop Suction Mount

iPad Tabletop Suction Mount

Check out this tabletop mount – If you are an iPad user, this suction mount looks like it might be just the item to get the iPad positioned in better places for students with limited range of motion.

Now available are iPad Air mounting options for the popular Tabletop Suction, Latitude Arm, Hover, Friction Knob UMS, Lever UMS, and Gooseneck mounting systems. The new iPad Air cradle is designed to firmly hold an iPad Air without a case on it.

In addition, we’ve improved the popular Tabletop Suction Mounts for the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini by adding a second suction cup to the base. The new double suction cup base not only provides twice the suction power, but also provides a better balanced base for increased stability during set up and use.