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Overview of Learning Media Assessment

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Using the Learning Media Assessment to Guide Educational Planning

Once a Learning Media Assessment has been performed, the team should gather to weigh various considerations in order to determine what medium is most appropriate for each student.  Some students may learn better through a tactile mode and thus braille may be recommended, while others have sufficient vision to learn to read print.  Still others may benefit from dual media, in which they learn both print and braille.  For other students auditory channels may be the most appropriate.

For more information about Learning Media Assessment, see also:

Braille/Print Literacy Issues and the Learning Media Assessment
By Eva Lavigne and Ann Adkins, TSBVI Outreach; See/Hear (Spring 2003)

Parents and teachers of students with visual impairments often have questions about how the choice is made regarding a student's literacy medium. They express concerns about whether a student should be primarily a print reader or a Braille reader, and want to know how and when decisions about reading media are made.  This article explains what a Learning Media Assessment is, and how it is used in planning for an individual student.

Clarification Regarding the Choice of Braille as a Reading and Writing Medium
By Dr. Phil Hatlen, TSBVI; See/Hear (Winter 2001)

Dr. Hatlen discusses how the choice is made among learning media.

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