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Determining Print Recommendations for Students with Low Vision

boy and teacher using magnifying screen to read
I recently went to a training on Reading and Low Vision Students. During this session we discussed the need to update the students' needs in regards to print, as well as what the best tool is for doing so. Students' needs can change over the year and updating the teacher's form is vital.
I developed the form below as a result of a conversation with a student I worked with. She wanted to know what was told to the teachers who would be receiving her in the fall at her new campus. When she learned that they get copies of her IEP document, as well as some information from me, she asked "Does anyone read the IEP once we sign it?" To make a long story short, we put our heads together one day after school and created this document. It has been tweaked several times since that first initial design and she's approved each of them.  Sometimes as teachers, we learn from our students. We just have to listen...
I update the form each year and give it to the student's other teachers. One thing that is not listed on the form is the iPad. If the student uses this tool, then I add that column. I add, delete, or edit columns as needed for the student.
For the reading passages I use the "Basic Reading Inventory" by Jerry Johns. The manual and the "Basic Reading Inventory : Student Word Lists, Passages, and Early Literacy Assessments, 10th Edition" can easily be adapted into different sized fonts. I've also had my braillist transcribe them into braille for reading speeds when doing my Learning Media Assessments.
Print Recommendations Chart 1Print Recommendations Chart 2
Print recommendations collage




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Posted by Carol Ann

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Posted by Carol Ann

Posted on February 3, 2015
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Determining Print Recommendations for Students with Low Vision

Carol Ann commented on April 5, 2015

Thank you! I'll go check it out!

Liz Eagan commented on April 3, 2015

Hi Carol Anne,

I just posted some guidelines on documentation of the work of students who are blind or visually impaired:  I hope this will be helpful!

Carol Ann commented on April 1, 2015

I have been sick so I haven't been checking to see if you responded to the earlier question I posted. Perhaps you didn't see it? Anyway, how do you think up these forms? How do know what to include in them? Please respond as I am very curious on this topic and would like to create my own...

Carol Ann commented on February 5, 2015

I am in form heaven whenever I see you post another one! How in the world do you think these up? I love that you wrote that you listened to the student and created the form with that student. How empowering for that student! Thank you for being you!