Reading Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments: A Classroom Teacher’s Guide

Strategies to promote reading skills with students who are blind or visually impaired

This 26-page guide from SET BC (Special Education Technology British Columbia) offers a selection of strategies to address the reading needs of students with visual impairments.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    • Environmental Considerations 
    • Student Considerations
    • Reading Strategy Checklist


  • Section 1: Paper Strategies

    • Provide Regular Print
    • Use Handheld Magnification with Regular Text
    • Enlarge Small Amounts of Text, Pictures, Diagrams, Charts on Photocopier
    • Provide Large Print Version of the Text
    • Use Stand-alone Video Magnification
    • Use Video Magnification with Computer Integration
    • Provide Paper Copies in Braille


  • Section 2: E-text Strategies

    • Provide E-text with no Enhancements
    • Change Appearance of Text and/or Background
    • Magnify Text and/or Computer Screen
    • Provide E-text with Tracking Support
    • Provide E-text with Auditory Support
    • Provide E-text with Refreshable Braille


  • Section 3: Auditory Strategies

    • Use a Live Reader
    • Provide Auditory Books on CD
    • Provide Books in Digital Audio Format 

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