I recently welcomed a new student to my class who is visually challenged. My school services students ages 3 through 22 with a variety of special needs – many with extreme medical and behavior challenges. Visual impairment is not one of the common challenges we face. I work with Adult Transition students so our main goal is providing opportunities for independence and functional life skills.
Navigating the Mazes
Throughout the first weeks of school, this particular student would navigate the mazes of our campus hallways using his cane. When all was “perfect” as far as no physical obstructions on his path, he did very well on his own. However, unintentionally, students and staff would create a sort of obstacle course for him with wheelchairs, walking apparatus, backpacks, trash cans, furniture, etc. It was never on purpose, but until our classroom staff educated others in the school regarding keeping the hallways clear and safe, they didn’t really think about how someone who couldn’t see these obstructions might be negatively affected or even seriously injured.