Date
14 October 2019

Use recommended approaches to support literacy

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Key areas to support’

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Utilise digital tools

Utilise digital tools

Two students describe how accessing graphic calculators supported their maths learning.

Approaches to support reading tasks

Approaches to support reading tasks

Work closely with the Resource Teacher of Vision, the learning support coordinator and student to ensure appropriate supports are in place.

  • Adapted workspaces (for example, quieter spaces).
  • Storage space for large print materials.
  • Ergonomics (positioning and seating).
  • The presentation of materials (slant boards, masking tapes, colour overlays).
  • Lighting (glare, too much light, not enough light, type of lighting).
  • Student seating (preferential seating, lighting source).
  • Power sources (surge protection, charging batteries, extra batteries).
  • Portability (equipment mounted on a cart, accessibility within the school, heavy equipment).
  • Peripherals (for example, headphones).
  • Safety issues in the classroom (cords, furniture and equipment placement).

 

Source: Adapted from Reading strategies for students with visual impairments: A classroom teacher's guide (opens in a new tab/window)

Support resource management

Support resource management

With the support of the student’s Resource Teacher of Vision, discuss with the student how they will manage their multimedia resources.

  • Paper strategies: regular print, enlargement of small amounts of text, large print text, handheld magnification, video magnification.
  • e-Text strategies: plain e-text with no enhancements, tracking support, changing text or background colours, magnifying text or the entire screen, auditory supports.
  • Auditory strategies: using a live reader, listening to text on CDs, MP3 players, audio books and video.

Source: Adapted from Reading strategies for students with visual impairments: A classroom teacher's guide (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Learning to read: Communicating and receiving ideas and information

Publisher: BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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Reading strategies for students with visual impairments A classroom teachers guide

Reading strategies for students with visual impairments: A classroom teacher’s guide

Read time: 22 min

Publisher: SET-BC (Special Education Technology British Colu

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Dance mat typing

Publisher: BBC

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Next steps

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