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Administrators, whether principals or department chairs, frequently have questions regarding the possible employment of a
visually impaired teacher
The following articles from past issues of our newsletter may help answer some of these questions and illustrate how visually impaired teachers function successfully in the classroom. Although some articles refer to technologies that have been largely superceded in recent years, the underlying concepts remain useful nonetheless .

To learn more about visually impaired teachers, you may want to visit
Subjects Our Members Teach
as well as
Typical success stories

Accommodation

In addition
Career connect provides a “virtual office” that has been designed to show how to accommodate employees who have some degree of useable vision. Although not every low vision worker will need or want every accommodation pictured, the site is useful in demonstrating the range of tools that are available to such workers.
Adaptive technology makes it possible for employees with either low vision or no vision to function with their sighted peers. This link demonstrates computers and other devices that help make this possible.

FAQs from Administrators

The following links from
DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internet Working, and Technology
are excellent and may be especially valuable. While designed for the post-secondary environment, some of this material is still applicable for K-12 instruction. It is referenced here with permission because it is easily the best and most thorough discussion of these issues we have found available.

Teaching Math and Science

Teaching math, science, and engineering to visually impaired students is difficult and may be challenging but is possible. The following information may present some ideas of how this may be done:
The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.
Making Math, Science, and Technology Instruction Accessible to Students with Disabilities

You may also want to look at our pages on
Science
Math and Statistics
Specialized Tools for Math and Science
and, probably most useful,
Legal Rights and Responsibilities
for readable descriptions of the laws and regulations that relate most directly to the education of blind and visually impaired students.

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