Major progress has been made and huge steps have been taken in the last few decades to make the world as easy to navigate as possible to the visually impaired: braille is ubiquitous, auditory methods of signalling are used in traffic and other common public situations, and hundreds of thousands of books have been converted to audio books. The collegiate world has also taken significant steps in opening their doors to students with a sight-related disability. Many college classrooms now accommodate the visually impaired through textbooks that can be listened to, touch-based navigation, and easy-access academic buildings and dormitories.
The visually impaired also have a leg-up at affording their college career if they choose to go the route of post-secondary education. Many scholarships are in place to provide a supporting hand to the visually impaired. Here is a selection of the financial aid possibilities available to blind students from a variety of national organizations, state councils, and singular universities.
Smart phones are one of the most important types of developing technology for students with visual impairments and are becoming an important tool for the classroom for both students who are sighted and students with visual impairments.
The American Foundation for the Blind will be a great resource to you in your hunt for scholarships. They have a listing of many other scholarships that are specific to students with a disability. This includes scholarships for students with general disabilities, such as those from the . Remember, the college or university you are interested in may have a scholarship devoted to an incoming student with a disability of some kind. It is worth contacting your financial aid office to see what extra funding they may have that is available to you, and take advantage of any visual impairment aids that the school may feature in the classroom.
in Fairfax, Virginia offers the Barry and Velma Berkey Scholarship. This generous award goes to a full-time student in the college who is visually impaired and is studying in a range of academic disciplines, including teaching, writing, nursing, and music. The George Mason Disability Resource Center is the financial backer behind this award. The award amount varies, and students must apply to George Mason and be accepted before becoming eligible for this prize.
The term "visual impairment" covers a wide range and variety of vision, from blindness and lack of usable sight; to low vision, which cannot be corrected to normal vision with standard eyeglasses or contact lenses; to moderate visual impairment and an inability to read the fine print in a daily newspaper.
People who are visually impaired, like everyone else, pursue a great range of interests and careers and participate in the full range of daily activities.
General education teachers do not have to work alone; they can collaborate with TVIs and other experts trained to work with students who have visual impairments.
The Global Campaign on Education for All Children with Visual Impairment (EFA-VI) was launched in 2006, as a partnership of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) and the World Blind Union (WBU).
By 2020 all children with visual impairment will enrol and complete primary education and their educational and social achievement will be on a par with non-disabled children.
I will also look at how assistive technology is being implemented and what effects it has on the visually impaired.
There are approximately 10 to 11 million blind and visually impaired people in North America, and their visual abilities vary almost as much as their ethnic, racial, and personal characteristics do.
Federal and state estimates used for planning educational services do not adequately account for the number of children in the United States who are blind or visually impaired.
In other instances, children who are visually impaired and have other disabilities such as mental retardation are not counted as visually impaired because they are reported in other federally defined categories, such as multiple disabilities.
Tragically, because many
professionals lack the specialized skills necessary to recognize and address vision loss, there are also children with visual and multiple impairments whose vision loss remains undiagnosed throughout their school experience.
The inadequate count of visually impaired children means that our nation lacks critical information about the need for specialized services for these children, and cannot correctly allocate the specialized resources and ...