A boy with glasses uses an adapted keyboard and enlarged text on a computer screen

Adapting classrooms

Tips to increase visual efficiency

Low Vision Therapist Daniela Gissara offers strategies and recommendations for addressing low vision, including illumination, color and contrast, size and distance. She shares tips for teaching students with reduced visual acuity, a central field loss, and a peripheral field loss. Do you know how to increase visual efficiency in your students?

Tips and techniques

Asking better questions to evaluate visual efficiency

We typically ask students IF they can see objects in their environment.  But seeing something is not the same as being able to understand and use that information. To get a more accurate sense of WHAT students with low vision are seeing, Laurie Hudson asks very specific questions.  Do these suggestions help you learn more about evaluating visual efficiency? 

 Flip chart paper and other materials appear at a distance on the wall of a classroom.
A girl uses a hand-held magnifier to read the nutritional information on a bag of potato chips.

Accessible devices

Magnification for students with low vision

Many types of devices can enlarge text or visual images for different purposes. With the help of a low vision specialist, students can obtain magnifying tools to improve access to visual information in home, school and community settings. Help students expand their visual approaches beyond their phones by learning more about magnification options.

Assessing reading speed and stamina

Watch a video model and download a procedure for how to assess reading stamina and speed of students with low vision.