Visually Impaired Teacher Resources

Every student needs to have access to classroom instruction, no matter what circumstances or disabilities keep them from participating in a standard method. Whether you’re teaching at a school for visually impaired students or making accommodations for learners with visual impairments, Lesson Planet has a wealth of resources to bring your teaching to the learners who need it. 

Elementary classes can use a counting activity for students with visual impairment to reinforce math instruction, or a project on series circuits to make STEM concepts accessible. For teachers who have never taught visually impaired students, a helpful guide is a great start, as well as a video with tips for mainstream accommodations.

Reinforce compassion and friendship support for students without disabilities, as well. A lesson based on Rita Whitman Steingold’s Taking Visual Impairment to School emphasizes empathy for those with visual disabilities, while a photo essay and accompanying assignments enables sighted learners to experience life as their visually impaired peers do.

At Lesson Planet, we know that each pupil in your class is special and unique, and that some require more accommodations than others to access instructional material. Our teacher-approved resources make it easier than ever to get your exemplary teaching into as many hands—and minds—as possible.

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Taking Visual Impairment to School

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
What is the world like when you can't see, or when your vision is impaired? Learn about how Lisa communicates with the world around her with Taking Visual Impairment to School by Rita Whitman Steingold. Learners answer discussion...
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Making a desk organizer for students who are blind or visually impaired

For Teachers K - 12th
Organization is of the utmost importance when teaching orientation and mobility to learners with visual impairments. To help keep everything in order and provide independence, use these instructions for making a desk organizer. The...
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Encouraging Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired to Express Their Feelings and Explore Imagination

For Teachers K - 12th
Being expressive in a creative, empathetic, or imaginative way is not only fun, it builds good pre-writing and communication skills. Learners with visual impairments have a roundtable discussion session where several sentence frames are...
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Disability in the Media Lesson Plan: Braille

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students determine the workings of the Braille alphabet and how people with visual impairments learn how to use it. In this Braille activity, students study the associated vocabulary, read about Helen Keller, and complete associated...
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Braille These Words

For Teachers 1st - 6th
With a stylus and this activity sheet, your visually impaired or sighted learners can learn to braille full sentences. The learning exercise provides several spaces full of empty braille dots. You give the words, and the kids color or...
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Visual Impairment Based on a Children's Book

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore practical information about visual impairment. They explore about the uses of seeing eye cane. Students explore the postive aspects about how people fucntion in spite of handicaps. They explore about helping others.
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A Picture Book of Louis Braille

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Teach kids about the beginnings of the Braille writing system with a instructional activity about Louis Braille. A series of discussion questions guide young readers though A Picture Book of Louis Braille by David A. Adler, and once they...
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Braille These Objects

For Teachers 1st - 4th
It's not just a worksheet, it's an opportunity to invite sighted learners to understand how braille works. Intended to introduce children to the wonders of braille, this worksheet requires them to label six simple objects by coloring in...
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Braille Alphabet Card

For Students 2nd - 5th
Introduce the wonders of braille to your sighted or low-vision learners. They can use this braille alphabet card to practice reading or writing in braille. This is a great resource if you have a partially sighted child in your general...
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Theo’s Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Encourage your class to consider a beautiful short film about a boy named Theo who happens to be visually impaired. Over the course of the lesson, pupils work in pairs, discuss their ideas and the film as a class, view the film, take...
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Making Choices

For Teachers K - 6th
Here is an excellent and well-developed lesson intended to promote choice-making skills for learners with visual impairment and intellectual disabilities. It fosters choice-making skills through a soft version of discrete trial training,...
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Conductors of Heat - Hot Spoons

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Why is the end of a spoon hot when it's not all the way in the hot water? A great question deserves a great answer, and learners with visual impairments will use their auditory and tactile senses to get that answer. A talking...
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Timeline for Anne

For Teachers 4th - 9th
It is key to the learning process to make everything a child with visual impairments does as tactile as possible. After reading Anne of Green Gables, the class discusses her life events in order to make a tactile time line. They choose...
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Creating a 3-D Model of a Plant Life

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Instructing blind or visually impaired learners means you need to make symbolic tactile representations of various processes to provide as much input as possible. But wouldn't it be even better to have your learners make the models...
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Beginning Map Skills

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Maps can be so much fun, they help you understand spatial relationships, distance between objects, and can foster direction skills. Budding cartographers with visual impairments use the Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit to create their...
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How Braille Was Invented

For Students 6th - 12th
As part of its Moment of Vision series, TEDEd provides a brief video that explains how the braille language system was first developed to send coded messages during wartime.
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Planning a Special Event

For Teachers 5th - 12th
I love planning parties, they are a great way to get social, require organizational skills, and engage cooperative problem solving. Teens with visual impairments put their heads together to plan an event for their friends. They choose an...
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Counting Book

For Teachers K - 6th
Here is a wonderful way to teach children with visual impairments how to count and build number recognition skills. Included, you will find a set of instructions on how to create a counting book from card stock, jump rings, and cotton...
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Daily Journal

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Keeping a daily journal is fun. It builds strong writing skills and provides an expressive outlet. For children with visual impairments, it's even more important. It provides a way for them to connect written word with real events, which...
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Kitchen Clean-up

For Teachers 4th - 12th
If you make a meal, you must clean up the mess. Foster a sense of independence while having learners practice a skill they can use in the workplace. Teens with visual impairments practice cleaning, organizing, stacking, and sorting a...
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Eating Out

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Going out to lunch, reading a menu, making choices, and spending time socializing are all parts of growing up. Teens with visual impairments use several braille menus from local restaurants to practice ordering and appropriatelyeating...
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Baseball

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Baseball is an American pastime, super fun to play, and can be made accessible to learners with visual impairments. Instead of taking to the ball field, your class can learn the rules of the game by playing a small three-dimensional...
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3-D Task List

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Staying organized is a part of growing up, and it can be as easy as making a list. Here is a set of instructions for making a three-dimensional task list especially for learners with visual impairments or blindness. After making the task...
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Teacher Guide for Educators of the Blind: English

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Imagine you need to be a substitute teacher in a classroom that helps learners with visual impairments, and you have no idea where to start. Here is a complete, easy to follow, and insightful teaching guide to aid you in teaching English...

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