How to Support Visually Impaired Children in Schools

Updated April 17, 2017

Visually impaired children face many hardships on the educational level. With conventional curricula focusing on reading and writing as well as integrating technology, certain adjustments are required to help visually impaired children learn these skills. Support, both academic and emotional, is important to the success of these children. For this reason, parents and teachers should be more involved in the educational development of a visually impaired child.

Contact your local Department of Education to find early intervention programs for your child or pupil. According to Family Connect, the government requires that these programs be offered to children under the age of three who suffer disabilities such as visual impairment. These programs will help your child and you deal with the child's visual impairment while supplementing her academic abilities.

Purchase and download software to help with computer learning abilities. Many programs are offered that audibly read files for visually impaired children. Other programs will instruct visually impaired children on how to locate home keys for typing and how to navigate the Internet.

Provide a safe learning environment for visually impaired children, free of clutter and sharp-edged furniture. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, some children may require the use of long canes or optical devices to increase mobility.

Listen to your child or pupil and seek specialised counselling for her in and out of school. Disabilities tend to affect a child's emotional state from time to time. It is important for the child to be able to talk openly and freely about her feelings and worries regarding her education and future life with visual impairment.

Consult your local government Department of Social Services regarding transition services for your child or pupil. According to Family Connect, transition services help train a child for life after high school. Transition services also offer vocational training to help the child plan for a successful career despite visual impairment.

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Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.