Visual impairment

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Pupils with visual impairment can face a considerable challenge. Adjustments are required in teaching a pupil with visual impairment to ensure a curriculum which is delivered in both non-visual and visual ways.

Recent legislation has led to developments in the provision of education for visually impaired pupils. It places duties upon local authorities to ensure that education is directed to the development of the personality, talents and mental and physical abilities of children to their fullest potential, and also to raise educational standards.

Visually impaired pupils are entitled to have their needs identified and met, and to have arrangements for support reviewed regularly. Pupils with visual impairment can face a considerable challenge. Adjustments are required in teaching a pupil with visual impairment to ensure a curriculum which is delivered in both non-visual and visual ways.

The development of children with visual impairment before they reach school may have been limited; therefore teachers need to create an environment in which physical, intellectual and social capacities may be extended.

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Getting IT Right for Pupils with Visual Impairments or ‘Eye Right!’

This guide from the Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) highlights the need for greater cohesion and forward planning in the delivery of assistive technology to pupils with visual impairments in Scotland.

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