Reading Help For Visually Impaired

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Reading help for visually impaired is designed to help those who are blind or low vision find ways to enjoy reading again, with options like braille, large print, assistive technology or other strategies to make reading enjoyable again.

Students with limited vision may require assistance when it comes to reading. This typically involves using materials made in braille.


Braille allows blind individuals to access literacy by touching raised dots that form letters or symbols. Created in the early 19th century by Louis Braille after losing his sight in an accident at work with a stitching awl, it has since become the go-to method of access literacy for people who are blind or have low vision worldwide. It works with all languages.

Students with visual impairments typically are introduced to braille while learning how to read and write at school, along with various print-based reading and writing materials and low vision technologies. Their ARD/IEP team must possess sufficient knowledge of both their medical history as well as functional vision information in order to devise suitable teaching strategies.

Educators must educate future braille readers or potential braille candidates in the fundamental techniques of reading and writing Braille with a slate and stylus, including learning the alphabet in Braille, reading and writing letters and numbers with Braille styluses, as well as how to form them and pronounce them. Furthermore, providing literary braille books as well as print-based ones for exploration should also be provided both inside and outside of school to develop students’ literacy.

Writing skills necessary for reading Braille can be taught using direct instruction, whole-language approaches to literacy and low vision technology. For instance, programs such as JAWS or ZoomText may help visually impaired students to independently navigate text with mouse or keyboard use and hear what is being typed or read aloud.

Students learning braille require engaging reading material that will inspire and encourage them to keep practicing over the summer months. One option would be signing them up with an Imagination Library-type service that sends books in both print and braille versions on an ongoing basis; another could be viewing American Foundation for the Blind’s children’s channel that features books, magazines, and other reading material in audio format.

Large Print

People living with some level of vision loss often find reading materials to be frustrating and less enjoyable, leading to frustration and decreased enjoyment. Large print reading materials offer larger font sizes specifically tailored for visually impaired individuals, providing a more enjoyable reading experience. Large print editions cover various genres ranging from bestseller fiction and non-fiction works, self-help guides and educational textbooks; major publishers often release large print versions of their books so visually impaired readers have access to all forms of literature as enjoyed by general society readers.

When printing in large print, text should generally be increased to at least 18-point size and word spacing increased for greater readability. Special consideration should be made regarding formatting such as left-justified text rather than center alignment; images must also be clearly labeled so partially sighted individuals may gain better comprehension of its contents.

Additionally, large print materials such as magazines and newspapers offer people with visual impairment the chance to keep up with news and entertainment, so they can continue participating in hobbies and social activities with no interruption from lack of vision. Furthermore, many companies provide magnification devices which enable low vision readers to read small print material easily.

National Association for the Blind offers visually impaired individuals free access to large print books through its catalog, making reading enjoyable again for them. Simply request one and choose their favorites; these will then be sent via mail directly to them – making this an excellent way of discovering new authors while reading books that most interest them! Additionally, some people with visual impairments find a screen reader helpful for reading documents, emails and web pages without needing assistance from another sighted individual.

Assistive Technology

There are various apps and software programs designed to assist those with visual impairments with reading. While some are free, others cost money. Downloadable onto mobile devices while others can also be used on computers or tablets; examples include text-to-speech software and optical character recognition (OCR) apps.

At its core, assistive technology refers to any device or product which aids an individual with disabilities in participating and interacting with society. Assistive devices range from low technology tools such as pencil grips to more “high tech” tools depending on individual student needs – pencil grips may count as assistive technology if they increase handwritten communication; however, according to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regulations this does not qualify as assistive technology.

Portable assistive technology devices are often utilized by young students and college or university students who must remain mobile throughout their day. Such devices range from handheld reading magnifiers and lights, electronic reading pens, and text readers.

Screen reading software applications are primarily utilized by those with limited or no vision and can assist them in accessing digital content and user interfaces more easily. They frequently include features such as text-to-speech narration, synchronized highlights and highlighting capabilities, and other options designed to increase readability.

Artificial intelligence-powered reading assistants are another form of assistive technology available to individuals who struggle with reading, writing, and keeping track of information. These devices are capable of understanding natural language queries, summarizing information in real time translation services and even providing real time translation services.

As part of Enrich’s Reevaluation Review Document, it is crucial that any assistive technology needs for reading are identified. Any IEP meetings held should then discuss them further and appropriate devices will be given out promptly to students as soon as possible. Parents can request independent evaluation of assistive technologies; alternatively there are resources such as St Martin Parish Library that can assist families in finding suitable devices.


Books are one of the best reading assistance tools available for people who are blind or low vision. A book can provide entertainment, stimulate the mind, advance careers or socialize with other readers; so there’s no reason to let vision loss prevent you from enjoying reading for pleasure!

Most visually impaired readers rely on Braille books, but other options exist for those reading with limited vision. Speaking books and ebooks allow a person to listen while also reading at once – more convenient than carrying around large print or Braille volumes.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) offers audio books on tape directly to eligible readers through mail delivery. Their NLS catalog features popular fiction and nonfiction titles as well as periodicals organized into genre lists with some categories featuring children’s books specifically.

Hearing impaired individuals can also benefit from the NLS program, which offers free recordings of magazines and newspapers through Newsline service. Audio books on tape can also be enjoyed repeatedly without worrying about returning them promptly to the post office.

NLS also provides ebooks. Ebooks are digital versions of books and magazines that can be read on mobile devices like tablets or smartphones, making them convenient and lightweight for travel, with searchable indexes and easily-downloaded copies that allow people to bring their favorite stories with them wherever they go.

Ebooks are widely available as reading aids for the visually impaired, including ebook readers and screen magnifiers. You can purchase them at most bookstores as well as online, while apps provide easier access – Novel Effect even adds music and sound effects while reading out loud, making the reading experience more interesting for users with visual impairments.

Reading aids for visually impaired readers include physical activity books that teach blind students the necessary skills for playing safely with siblings, classmates or friends. Bonnie Dobson-Burk and Laura Dwight’s Orientation and Mobility Primer for Families and Young Children can teach parents and teachers how to support a child with visual impairment to move about independently.

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