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College textbooks for student with visual impairments?

I was wondering what tools there are to help a student with visual impairment to read college textbooks (already contacted publisher they had nothing to offer).  I should add that the student can tolerate reading one-two pages but vision worsens & eyes become extremely fatigued.


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Charlotte Cushman commented on September 18, 2014

There are a number of different issues to consider for this student.  Most colleges have an office for Disabled Students Services or something similar.  That is a good place to start, as they will be better acquainted with the services available locally on a particular campus.

In general, the first step in the process would be to have a learning media assessment in which the student is assessed by a teacher of students with visual impairments or a rehabilitation specialist to determine the preferred learning medium.  The student may do best through auditory format, large print, the use of magnification devices or some combination of these.

The second issue is where you can find textbooks in alternate formats.  Materials are available through some of the following sources:

Good luck!