Accommodating Students who are Blind in Higher & Graduate Education

New to accommodating students with disabilities? View the following video, "Building the Team: Faculty, Staff, and Students Working Together".

Each student's situation is different therefore they are the best source of information regarding useful accommodations based upon their program of study. DSC can provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner only in partnership with academic programs' Faculty and Staff. The provision of accessible instruction and materials is required by law.

The following accommodations are typical for a student with blindness:

  • Digital/Recorded audio, Brailled, or electronically formatted lecture notes, handouts, and texts
  • Verbal descriptions of visual aids (e.g. PowerPoint presentations, white/chalkboard interaction, overheads, etc.)
  • Computer with optical character recognition reader, voice output/text-to-speech software, Braille screen display and printer output.
  • Video prompting (audio description of events occurring in video)
  • Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials
  • Braille lab signs and equipment labels; auditory lab warning signals
  • Adaptive lab equipment (e.g., talking thermometers and calculators, light probes, and tactile timers)

NOTE: Certain accommodations require that DSC contract out for reproduction into accessible format(s). Some may require up to 6 weeks production time to coordinate and produce accessible formats (e.g. raised-line drawings, tactile images of diagrams/charts/tables, video prompting)

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding legally mandated accommodations and services please contact the Disability Services Center at 949-824-7494 or by email at