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Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173960
Bozeman, MT 59717-3960


Tel: (406) 994-2824
TTY: (406) 994-6701
Fax: (406) 994-3943

180 Strand Union Building

Brenda York

> Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services  > Disabled Student Services
Vision Impairments
If a person has low vision. . .
  • Provide seating where the lighting is best.

  • Consider using an electronic format for class assignments.

  • Use large print for handouts. (The Disabled Student Services office can assist.)

  • Describe visual aids that are used in class.
If a person is blind. . .
  • Offer your services by asking, "May I help you?"

  • Ask the blind person if he or she would like to take your arm when walking together; the motion of your body will tell him or her what to expect.

  • Be specific when giving directions.

  • Place the blind person's hand on the back or arm of a chair and say, for example, "Your hand is on the left arm of the chair," when directing him or her to a seat.

  • Speak to a person who is blind the same way you would to anyone else.

  • Say the name of the person to whom you are speaking when conversing in a group.

  • If you move during a conversation with a blind person, indicate where you are so that the person may face you.

  • Obtain permission before interacting with someone's guide dog.
Handling introductions. . .
  • Identify who you are and what your job or role is. Several introductions may be necessary before the blind person is able to recognize you by your voice.

  • Introduce anyone who is with you and give any pertinent information about them. For example, "On my right is Lucy Smith. She is vice-president.".
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