Seeing the Future for the Visually Impaired

Within the article, Disability Rights Advocates Press for Accessible Technology, written by Kimberly Railey, she states, “As colleges have increasingly embraced digital learning, students with disabilities have faced many challenges due to inaccessible learning materials, a 2011 federal study found. Of the roughly 2.1 million U.S. college students with some type of disability, about 63,000 have visual impairments” (Railey). From being in class with a visually impaired student, I was able to take notes for her during class; this helped her because it was easier for her to listen instead of watching the teacher. Many students that are visually impaired have trouble with computers as well. The computer screen can be difficult for the visually impaired student to look at, and with the different medias that are within the computer screen, the visually impaired student has to have accommodations in order for them to actually have the feel for what is on the computer.

“Even if there is accessible technology on campus, it may not always be readily available” (Railey); even if there are software programs to assist the visually impaired students, sometimes it is hard to actually have a grasp and be able to get that technology for them to use for school and class. Also from learning a lot of  the visually impaired student that was in my class, she can read brail in a fast and efficient manner to where she speeds through the readings. The readings we had to do on the computer was difficult for her because of how the computer screen is hard for them to see, so she had everything printed out in brail, and I wrote her notes for her during the lecture and discussion in class.

The visually impaired should have more opportunities for them in order to have a greater success in school and even out of school. With having more technologies opening up for the visually impaired, especially in school and in colleges, there will be more students that will be able to have a full education, and it will be easier for them to read on and/or off of the computer screen. Overall, the visually impaired should have more technologies that help them with their education, and these technologies should be more at hand for these students to further their success in life and in school.



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