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Lesson Plans


blind student

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Mon, 9 Sep 1996 08:18:36 -0500 (CDT)


I have worked with all manner of students who were legally
blind to different degrees. The do not want to be singled out
or pointed out or treated differently. Many times they will
tell you what they need or want since they have lived with
their handicap for their entire lives.
I do not think you can apply the same grading standards
to a legally blind student because if this is their first art
experience you have to deal with teaching them (in a sense)
to be aware of their surroundings. In many cases, unless
parents have been very supportive they were told that they
are normal by well meaning people. Since they know this
is not the case they will be overly sensetive.
I once taught a girl who was color blind and legally blind and
the mother really did her daughter a disfavor. The girls
actually memorized the colors by the value they correspond
to. To her yellow and light blue were the same color and you
could not tell her any differently. I really felt helpless but did
not push the issue. In the long run what difference would
it make anyhow.
As far as a totally blind student, I think it would be cruel to
put them in an art setting unless you are a specially educated
teacher. It is hard enough(sometimes) to teach normally sighted
youngsters about art. They may not be blind but when they
take the attitude that " I know what I like and how can you learn
anything in art anyhow" attitude, well, you have your hands full.