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Aiding Visually Impaired Students in the Classroom

We are 3rd year Computer Science students at the University of Birmingham. As part of our course, we are studying a module called Software Design Study, in which we research and design a solution to an existing real life problem. Our team is looking into further aiding visually impaired students in a classroom setting.

We are in the early stages of our research and would like to speak with as many visually impaired students, teachers of the visually impaired or anyone else who works in this area.We would like to get a better understanding of learning and teaching techniques used, problems faced and areas for improvement.

We would really appreciate anybody with knowledge of or first hand experience in this area to speak to us, whether that is online, on the phone or even in person if you are based in Birmingham (coffee included).

We'd really like to get a better understanding of the area, so there is absolutely no limit to any discussions, we'd just like to generally chat about what it's like to be visually impaired, or work with visually impaired people. We'd be really happy to hear from anyone and everyone, however much or little you'd like to say. If this either applies to you or anyone you know, we'd love you to email us at: ‘’.

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Re: Aiding Visually Impaired Students in the Classroom

If nobody much has gotten back to you, it may be because what you describe is very general. So, in response, I too will be very general. Blind (that is no light perception) all the way up to legally blind (which is a designation for driving purposes etc.) students have been taking classes with sighted peers from first grade through college and graduate level work for over fifty years now. So you need to get a bit more specific about the kinds of information you want. You can check out hadley Institute For the Blind or speak with people at the Royal National Institute For the Blind and perhaps get more input there. But really you need to know more about what you are after.

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