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Visual Impairments

Types of Visual Impairment

Visual impairment is a broad term that includes the range of visual problems from refractory problems to blindness. Refractory problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness,etc) are easily corrected. Blindness has no cure.

Students who are blind or have low vision (some functional vision exist, but not enough to gain information without significant assistance) need a lot of assistance in order to succeed in general education classrooms.

Since many visual problems develope over time, teachers should be on the look-out for students who are developing problems. Symptoms include squinting, holding books close to eyes, dizziness, rubbing eyes excessively, and complaining that he/she cannot see well. Such students should be referred for vision assessments by a professional.

Internet Resources for the Visually Impaired

Links to organizations