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This section is designed to meet the unique needs of students with low vision. These students may have difficulty accepting their visual impairment or be curious about increasing their access to visual information through the use of tools and strategies. Students are encouraged to explore the range of their visual abilities and to establish visual independence. Most importantly, they learn from observing and sharing with one another.

Students participate in activities including a scavenger hunt in the community, learning centers for exploring typical classroom materials using a range of optical devices, and building an eye model. By participating in this program, students will have a stronger sense of managing life independently as a young person with low vision.

Students will learn about:

  • Their eye condition and use of functional vision
  • Skills related to the use of optical devices for near, medial, and distance tasks
  • Advocacy skills related to their low vision needs in personal and community settings
  • Skills related to their visual impairment and the Expanded Core Curriculum (e.g., O&M, skills, daily living, career awareness)
  • Development of a positive self-identity as a person with low vision and benefits of interacting with peers with low vision

For additional information about this program contact Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446.