Saturday, November 14, 2009

Students experienced visual impairments and the daily challenges caused by them

On Monday, some students learned what it's like to be visually impaired. It was Blind Awareness Day at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The 13 students who attend TSBVI's dual enrollment program usually spend half their day at McCallum High School taking classes in English, chemistry, and history.

They spend the other half of the day at the school for the blind. There, they they take classes in Braille, algebra, and orientation and mobility exercises that have been adapted for students with visual impairments.

Students had their vision blocked so they could experience blindness.

On Monday, the McCallum students got to experience first hand how their classmates spend their time away from the high school.

They were blindfolded as they rode tandem bicycles, wrestled, played goal ball, and learned to navigate with a cane.

The Austin Independent School District said the program, which is in its third year, is a way for seeing and blind students to better understand each other.


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