Selecting the appropriate low vision devices requires knowledge of the vision loss, knowledge of low vision devices, and knowledge of the curriculum and educational
expectations for each individual student.
Our Low Vision Specialist works with students statewide. Using information gathered from the student, the parents/guardians, and educators, the student’s visual strengths
and needs are defined.
The eye care specialists and the Low Vision Specialist provide educational recommendations that include simple accommodations, such as dark lined paper, reading stands,
or better lighting within the classroom. Vision accommodations can be written into the IEP.
Low vision devices can include stand magnifiers, handheld magnifiers, or telescopes. Electronic magnification systems can be used to display print or visual images on
large screens. These systems may enlarge the size of the letters on the printed page or allow the student with low vision to observe what is occurring in the front
of the classroom. Often, a student may require multiple devices for different tasks.
South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
423 17th Avenue SE
Aberdeen SD 57401
605-626-2580 or 1-888-275-3814
Dr. Marva Gellhaus, TVI, CLVT®
Low Vision Specialist