To access the curriculum, students who are Blind/Visually Impaired can benefit from developing their visual, tactual, and auditory skills. This may include learning how to use optical devices, hearing aids, or augmentative communication devices.

Resources

Teaching Students With Visual Impairments: Sensory Efficiency

Teaching Students With Visual Impairments provides an overview of sensory efficiency, including specific skills students can develop.

Perkins School for the Blind: Sensory Efficiency

Perkins provides an overview of sensory efficiency and how it affects a student’s transition to post-school life.

Magnification

Getting to Know and Training in the Use of a Monocular Telescope

Perkins School for the Blind offers six videos on how to use a monocular telescope, which can magnify objects for students who have low vision.

Monocular and Magnifier Training Documents

Paths to Literacy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired offers a set of documents for Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists to use when training students how to use monoculars and magnifiers.

APH Products

ENVISION I Kit

ENVISION II Kit

The ENVISION training program uses stories and activities to teach students to use optical devices. It covers skills such as tracing, tracking, and scanning, and includes enrichment activities and objectives for each lesson.

Flip-Over Concept Books

These concept books provide interactive, independent learning for young children as they build basic concepts and develop early tactile skills.

Sound Matching Board I

This product features 12 sound cylinders that help students develop fine motor skills, auditory matching, and discrimination with the capability of introducing sequential order.

Sound Matching Board II

This product features eight sound cylinders that help students develop concepts of a series, directions, positions, matching, and discrimination.