How to be an AWESOME teacher for a Blind / VI student (or a disabled student in general!)

Hi everyone! In today’s video, I talk about the qualities of some of the most amazing k-12 teachers I have had to help awesome teachers out there who aren’t sure how to teach a disabled student. The first half of the video discusses the mindset that an awesome teacher for students with disabilities has, and the second half of the video gives some more specific tips and tricks for teaching blind/VI students.

In my opinion, the first half of this video is way more important than the second. If you have the right mindset, you can be a great teacher for a student with a disability, even if you don’t know much about their disability at first. That said, I’ve gotten a lot of requests from teachers to give some more specific pointers on teaching blind/VI students, so I do this in the second half of the video. That said, take what I say in the second half of the video with a grain of salt because every blind person is different and has different needs. Ultimately, your student should be able to advocate for the specific things that they need. That said, I hope this can help give you some ideas.

I’m sure every teacher watching this video is already an amazing teacher, so thank you for caring so much about your students to take the time to learn more about their disability! You rock, and your students are so lucky to have you 🙂

0:00 Introduction
2:09 Mindset
13:00 Specific Tips & Tricks
24:24 More Resources
25:20 Conclusion

What do you think?

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  1. I have been an Industrial Arts (wood shop) teacher for 41 years. All of my students were special education. I have had deaf,deaf/blind, blind and visually impaired. I am so proud to be a teacher who witnessed the accomplishments of these dynamic students in the wood shop. Bravo 👏🏻

  2. Hi Kay, could you like to receive my very brief interview about the guide dog? I am a student from Queens University and I am doing my dissertation project because I am always deeply moved when I see a guide dog, so I want to do a documentary about a guide dog. If you are willing to help me, please let me know.

  3. I will add to the last one, please be approachable, have detailed conversations about a student's ability/vision privately when possible, and remember you don't have a right to the details. I wasn't officially accommodated for my vision, but had a situation where I had to "fill in the blank" of a worksheet that was on an overhead, up on the board. The print was tiny. I couldn't see well enough to read or answer. This particular teacher was very intimidating, so I wasn't comfortable explaining, and there wasn't time anyway. I left my spot on the board blank. It gets to my turn and I'm forced to announce "I can't read that.", the teacher makes a point of having someone else read it. This was humiliating. She later approaches me and says something about "Not getting new glasses because of insurance." Not getting new glasses because they wouldn't help, and that's none of your business.

  4. Hello excellent video as always. As a fellow visually impaired person who is in college I really enjoy your videos because you make super educational interesting funny down to earth accurate and take into account how every visually impaired person is different. I think you did a great job about giving general advice that would apply to pretty much any visually impaired person without getting into specifics which might not apply to more than one. It’s not rocket science, don’t use yellow marker, and tell us who’s in the room and what’s happening or three of my favorites.

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