Blindness and Low Vision


The Blindness and Low Vision unit includes a series of engaging activities where students learn about assistive technology and mobility, including how to be a sighted guide, as well as how to braille. Students will also view a video that demonstrates how individuals with blindness or low vision can participate in activities of daily life.


Key themes:

  • Blindness and low vision are among the many traits that contribute to making a person the individual that he or she is.
  • Individuals can experience a broad spectrum of visual disabilities.
  • People with blindness and low vision make individual choices regarding mobility (sighted guide, cane, guide dog).
  • Technology is playing an increasingly important role in enabling people with blindness and low vision to do everyday tasks and to function more independently.

Program implementation is flexible and can be adapted for your classroom, but a typical 2-hour session includes:

Informational session Students learn about the difference between blindness and low vision.
Video: “Out of Sight: How Blind Kids See the World” Students become aware that people with blindness can participate in most activities of daily life. They recognize that common sense and respect are good guides for interaction.
Three small group activities Hands-on activities enable students to:

  • Experience using a Perkins Brailler
  • Use all senses to identify objects
  • Understand that people make individual choices regarding mobility
Guest Speaker A guest speaker shares the experience of living with blindness or low vision.