ERIC Number: ED332469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Determination of Mode of Reading for Visually Impaired Learners. FY 1991-2. Technical Assistance Paper.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.
Florida students being considered for special programs for visually impaired students must be assessed to determine the appropriate mode of reading. The assessment occurs as part of an initial evaluation for eligibility and is usually part of the functional vision observation. The determined mode of reading is to be addressed on the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and reviewed annually as part of the IEP process. This technical assistance paper defines terms related to the concept of reading mode and notes three major factors to be considered in determining the mode of reading: child characteristics; mechanical factors; and social factors. Questions to be considered in these three areas are then outlined, such as whether the medical prognosis of the eye condition is progressive in nature; whether the student experiences unusual fatigue in reading or writing assignments; and whether the chosen medium meets the needs of the student in terms of portability, availability, and cost. Seven resources useful in student evaluation are listed, along with 12 references for further reading. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.