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1 The VI (Visually Impaired) Student College Survival Guide Joe Strechay

2 What is the ultimate goal of a student going off to college? To succeed, but what does that mean? To succeed, but what does that mean?

3 What areas must any college student succeed in? Attendance (O & M) Attendance (O & M) Readings Readings Testing Testing Note Taking Note Taking Studying Studying Time Management Time Management Volunteer Experience Volunteer Experience Social Skills Social Skills Self Advocacy Self Advocacy Accessing Technology Accessing Technology Resources Resources Independent Living Skills Independent Living Skills Employment Skills Employment Skills

4 The Importance These areas are even more important to students with visual impairments. Students with visual impairments will have to be taught how to perform these tasks in an efficient and effective manner. These areas are even more important to students with visual impairments. Students with visual impairments will have to be taught how to perform these tasks in an efficient and effective manner.

5 Attendance (O & M) Learning the Campus Learning the Campus –Students will need to arrive on campus early to familiarize themselves with the campus and routes. –Enlisting the help of an orientation and mobility instructor would be beneficial. –Learning base routes and expanding out hitting areas of importance first. –Learning the landmarks, cues and clues.

6 Attendance (O & M) Learn the buildings and numbering systems. Learn the buildings and numbering systems. Learn the classroom set up and rehearse routes all the way through. Learn the classroom set up and rehearse routes all the way through. Leave for classes with plenty of time to spare. Leave for classes with plenty of time to spare. CAMPUSES CHANGE OFTEN! CAMPUSES CHANGE OFTEN! Plan schedule according to buildings and times. Plan schedule according to buildings and times.

7 Attendance (O & M) May be necessary to ask for other student’s assistance to get to classes. Be polite and make sure they are in the class as well. Don’t ware out your welcome! (Until route is learned) May be necessary to ask for other student’s assistance to get to classes. Be polite and make sure they are in the class as well. Don’t ware out your welcome! (Until route is learned) Be practical and realistic. Be practical and realistic.

8 Readings Reading method must be fast and efficient! Reading method must be fast and efficient! Must know how to get access to reading materials and be able to adapt or accommodate for themselves if need be. Must know how to get access to reading materials and be able to adapt or accommodate for themselves if need be. Must take the initiative to find out books prior and plan ahead. Must take the initiative to find out books prior and plan ahead. Books can be downloaded online. Books can be downloaded online.

9 Readings Students must keep a dialogue with professors to find out about up coming readings if added. Students must keep a dialogue with professors to find out about up coming readings if added. Students must know how to access readings in multiple mediums. Students must know how to access readings in multiple mediums. Students must learn to prioritize and use good Time Management Skills! Students must learn to prioritize and use good Time Management Skills!

10 Readings Bookshare.org Bookshare.org National Library Service National Library Service RFB&D RFB&D Other websites for audible books Other websites for audible books Stay on top of the technology available! Read AFB’s AccessWorld for free online. Stay on top of the technology available! Read AFB’s AccessWorld for free online.

11 Time Management Make a schedule and live by it! A planner is a good idea. Make a schedule and live by it! A planner is a good idea. Put all readings, assignments and exams into the planner. Put all readings, assignments and exams into the planner. Assign times to study. Assign times to study. Allow time to sleep and eat, staying healthy is important. Allow time to sleep and eat, staying healthy is important. Get assignments done early. Get assignments done early.

12 Volunteer Experience Volunteer with charities or philanthropies. Volunteer with charities or philanthropies. Volunteer to get employment experience and “your foot in the door.” Volunteer to get employment experience and “your foot in the door.” Prove your value in these situations! Prove your value in these situations! Being a well rounded individual. Being a well rounded individual.

13 Testing Contact the Student Disability Center on the campus to find out their procedures. Contact the Student Disability Center on the campus to find out their procedures. Student should know what accommodations they need. Student should know what accommodations they need. Let professors know what accommodations are needed right away. Let professors know what accommodations are needed right away.

14 Testing Accommodations to be considered –Time –Size of Print –Having a reader –Electronic format such as on a computer –Lighting –Filling out the answer key (Scantron can be difficult) –Use of a CCTV or magnifier –Utensil or computer

15 Note Taking Speed, accuracy and efficiency. Speed, accuracy and efficiency. Must be able to take some sort of notes. Must be able to take some sort of notes. Recording the class is great, but doubles the amount of time spent on the notes. They will have to be transcribed later. Recording the class is great, but doubles the amount of time spent on the notes. They will have to be transcribed later. Method has to suit the student! Method has to suit the student!

16 Studying Introduce the student to multiple methods. Introduce the student to multiple methods. The student must have a primary method before college. The student must have a primary method before college. Some classes may require a different method of studying. Some classes may require a different method of studying. Some students do not study well in groups. Some students do not study well in groups. Schedule reader if needed. Schedule reader if needed.

17 Social Skills Basic manners Basic manners Age appropriate Age appropriate Conversation skills Conversation skills Posture and attention Posture and attention Addressing different audiences Addressing different audiences Dress and appearance Dress and appearance Peers will be honest, practice!!! Enlist help if needed. Peers will be honest, practice!!! Enlist help if needed. Phone conversation skills Phone conversation skills

18 Self Advocacy! Students must be able to express themselves and what they want in an appropriate manner. Students must be able to express themselves and what they want in an appropriate manner. Students must know how to advocate for themselves and this needs to be practiced in all facets of life. Students must know how to advocate for themselves and this needs to be practiced in all facets of life. Students must know when it is appropriate, it many not always be. Students must know when it is appropriate, it many not always be. Disclosure statement Disclosure statement

19 Accessing Technology Students must be able to use computers, use the internet efficiently, access online blackboard sites, access e-journals and extranets. Students must be able to use computers, use the internet efficiently, access online blackboard sites, access e-journals and extranets. Screen readers or magnifiers, note takers or recorders, and the latest technology. Screen readers or magnifiers, note takers or recorders, and the latest technology. It is up to us as teachers to make sure they have the technology and skills to make it! It is up to us as teachers to make sure they have the technology and skills to make it!

20 Resources Research the college or university to see what services they offer. Research the college or university to see what services they offer. Contact the Disability Center on campus. Contact the Disability Center on campus. Visit the school. Visit the school. Contact a student with a visual impairment at the school. Contact a student with a visual impairment at the school.

21 Resources Contact local organizations. Contact local organizations. Look into housing that allows easy access to the school. Look into housing that allows easy access to the school. Look at transportation in the area and the cost. Look at transportation in the area and the cost. Get to campus early and get to know it, weeks or months early! Get to campus early and get to know it, weeks or months early!

22 Resources Keep track of the contact information of all the resources and people you meet for future reference. Keep track of the contact information of all the resources and people you meet for future reference. Create a rapport with contacts. Create a rapport with contacts. Make sure these people remember you, make an effort. Make sure these people remember you, make an effort.

23 Readers and Note Takers Practice and role play hiring readers and note takers. Practice and role play hiring readers and note takers. Make lists of questions. Make lists of questions. Have them read or look at their notes. Have them read or look at their notes. Create a flyer with first name, phone number and the service you are looking for. Create a flyer with first name, phone number and the service you are looking for.

24 Readers and Note Takers Have many readers, try to get some non-students. Churches, super markets and libraries are great places to put a flyer. Have many readers, try to get some non-students. Churches, super markets and libraries are great places to put a flyer. This is a job, you can fire them if they don’t meet your needs! This is a job, you can fire them if they don’t meet your needs!

25 Employment Experience First job is not a career. First job is not a career. Create a Portfolio. Create a Portfolio. Know your materials. Know your materials. Interviewing skills Interviewing skills Letters of Reference Letters of Reference Be confident and dress to impress. Be confident and dress to impress. Practice, practice and more practice… Practice, practice and more practice…

26 Employment Experience Start Internships early and keep them coming. Start Internships early and keep them coming. Contact people in fields of interest. Contact people in fields of interest. Contact persons with VI in related field. Contact persons with VI in related field. Career Connect is a great resource! Career Connect is a great resource! Career Centers are great places and are under utilized. Career Centers are great places and are under utilized.

27 Research This information was compiled by Joseph Strechay and Tiffany Barbieri during the summers of at Florida State University while helping to run a college transition program. These are areas that we felt these students were lacking in when arriving. This information was compiled by Joseph Strechay and Tiffany Barbieri during the summers of at Florida State University while helping to run a college transition program. These are areas that we felt these students were lacking in when arriving.

28 Are our students prepared? Are they prepared to succeed in the modern college or university or have we neglected needs that will cause them to fail! Are they prepared to succeed in the modern college or university or have we neglected needs that will cause them to fail! Let’s prepare them to succeed! We all care a lot about these students and want the best for them!!! Let’s prepare them to succeed! We all care a lot about these students and want the best for them!!!

29 Special Thanks to: Tiffany Barbieri Tiffany Barbieri Florida Division of Blind Services Florida Division of Blind Services Florida State University Florida State University Dr. Bruce Menchetti Dr. Bruce Menchetti Wendy Olsen Wendy Olsen Wayne Jennings Wayne Jennings Lynda Jones Lynda Jones Catherine O’Farrell Catherine O’Farrell Dr. Karen Wolffe Dr. Karen Wolffe Dr. Silvia M. Correa-Torres Dr. Silvia M. Correa-Torres Dr. Sandra Lewis Dr. Sandra Lewis


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