Paths to Literacy

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Low Vision: Access to Print

Boy uses handheld magnifier to read a line of print.

Low Vision:  Access to Print
Laurence R. Gardner and Anne Corn
Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments, Position Paper

This position paper recommends that  "individuals with visual impairments resulting in low vision use standard rather than large print whenever possible and when appropriate to the task and ease of use. Large print is recommended when standard print is not within an individual’s visual range even with the use of optical devices or when specific psychological factors necessitate its use. In such cases other reading media, such as recordings and braille, should be considered. The student's potential reading speed should be used as a guideline in choosing reading media. When appropriate, the individual should be involved in the selection of the medium or media most suitable to meet his or her needs."

Posted on February 18, 2012
Updated on: September 26, 2018