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Use with How Does My Vision Affect My Access to Information? Self-Determination Lesson 7:  Grades 3-12

Think about the following tasks that require use of vision.  Is the item very easy or very hard to complete, or somewhere in between?  Please circle the number that best describes your ability to comfortably complete each task. If you use assistive technology (for example: braille device, telescope, magnifier) to complete the task, please check “A.T.” next to the task. (Visual Tasks Survey downloadable pdf)


Visual Tasks in School

Read print in books or magazines
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read very small print such as math symbols, tables, charts, graphs
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read information on the board or on signs at school
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read my own handwritten notes
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read things projected on a screen (such as a PowerPoint)
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read a computer monitor
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Watch a speaker in class, at an assembly, or in a large lecture hall
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Using audio books along with print books for classwork
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.

Visual Tasks in the Community

Read price tags or label information on items in a store
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Look at scenery or watch wildlife
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
See small video displays such as on a cell phone, MP3 player, thermometer, and credit card scanner in grocery store
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
See activity in the distance such as a football game or concert
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy very easy A.T.
Find information on outdoor signs or buildings
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read paper menus in restaurants
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read overhead menus at fast food restaurants
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.

Visual Tasks at Home & Neighborhood

Read cooking directions on food packages or recipes
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read numbers/letters on oven or microwave
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read numbers on measuring spoons/cups
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read directions for appliances
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read expiration dates on food packaging
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Read dosage instructions on medicine bottles
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.
Walk independently to a neighborhood house and/or store
1 very hard 2 somewhat hard 3 neither hard nor easy 4 somewhat easy 5 very easy A.T.

When you are finished, total your score.

  • Between 88-110 = You are good to go!
  • Between 66-88 = Perhaps you could develop some more strategies to complete these tasks more easily.
  • Between 22-66 = Work with your TVI to develop strategies that would enable you to access more visual tasks.
Total Score: