Blind and Visually Impaired Resources
The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) mission is to be partners in creating an accessible learning community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the education experience. Through partnerships with students, faculty and staff, we promote student's independence and recognition of a student's ability, not disability.
Disability Service Coordinator
The Disability Service Coordinator working with students with visual impairments also services as the Alternative Media coordinator for all students who required alternative methods to access their related reading for course work. For more information regarding Alternative Media please click HERE The primary Disability Service Coordinator working with students with Blind/Visually Impairments is Eric Mueller. His contact information is below:
Eric Mueller, Disability Service Coordinator
Center for Students with Disabilities
Muelleres19@uww.edu 262.472.4711 [ To Schedule Appointments]
www.uww.edu/csd 262.472.5207 [ Direct]
In order to be eligible for services through the Center for Students with Disabilities, students must have a documented disability which represents a significant barrier to one of life's major activities. Current and comprehensive documentation of the disability is required in order to be eligible to receive services and accommodations through our department Documentation guidelines and requirements can be found by clicking HERE
Most students with visual impairments have some usable vision and only a small amount of individuals have a complete loss of vision. A person is declared "legally blind" when, with best correction, they can see less at 20 feet than person with normal vision can see at 200 feet, or has a field of vision that is less then 10 degrees. A person is considered visually impaired if they see no better at 200 feet that those with normal vision see at 70 feet. Other visual concerns (i.e. color blind) can be determined to b e a visual impairment for educational purposes. This is dependent on the specificity of the visual concern and course the student is enrolled in.
Accommodations & Services
Students with meet eligibility criteria will receive advocacy and liaison assistance in addition to other services determined by their Verified Individual Services and Accommodation [VISA] plan. This plan will be determined during their in-take appointment after students are eligible to receive services. For more information regarding the process of obtaining services please click HERE Depending on each students disability(s) they may be eligible for academic accommodations based upon their documentation and related disability needs. These accommodations may include but are not limited to:
- Note taker
- Alternative Testing Accommodations [extended time, reader, scribe, low distraction environment, ect]
- Alternative Media [Braille, enlarged print, audio]
- Assistive Technology [screen enlargement, speech to text software, Kurzweil 3000, ect]
- In/Out of Class Aides [lab assistance]
Tips for Success
- Meet with your Disability Service Coordinator before the start of the semester to discuss accommodation needs. Preferably immediately after you have schedule your class for the upcoming semester.
- Inform Alternative Media/Disability Service Coordinator of need for electronic textbook [audio, enlarging, Braille]
- Become acquainted with instructors before the start of the semester to explain your accommodation needs including lecture, text and exams.
- Provide your Accommodation Forms to your instructor during the first week of classes
- Schedule your exams promptly via the Electronic Purple Slip
- Schedule and complete Orientation and Mobility training if needed