Choosing a college or university is an exciting time for any student.
While there are lots of factors for everyone in this position to take into account, for the low vision or blind student, a few more checks need to be done to get the right fit.
Once you have your short list of best programs for you, contact the student disability office in each of the institutions you have in mind.
Feel them out, visit if you can, and get right down to brass tacks.
While the law states clearly that your disability must be accommodated, sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Feel out the level of cooperation going on.
Four years is a long time, and you’re better off concentrating on studying and student life, rather than nagging and constantly advocating.
- Peruse and participate in online forums for students with low vision in the area you’re looking and if possible, specifically at the schools you’re eyeing. What’s the real scene there? If you can, try to ask a few students in each of a few schools what it’s like for them, both in relation to low vision or other challenging issues and about general campus life as well.
- Check out the city or town around the campus in question. Is it accessible? Is the way you plan to get to and from school practical on a repeated basis?
- Have a look into the library services available at academic library. Much of the material used at colleges across the country is still from the library. Is large print available? What would be involved in getting a large print copy of the material necessary in your studies?
Wishing a fantastic learning experience for ALL students!
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