Teaching Students Who Rely on Magnification

Students who require magnification are challenged by many typical classroom instructional strategies. Although they can hear lectures and discussions, a large part of traditional teaching is visual. It can be difficult for them to access hard copies of class syllabi, textbooks, handouts, and written exams; PowerPoint presentations; information written on the board; maps/diagrams; demonstrations; and films. They use a variety of accommodations, equipment, assistive technology, and compensatory strategies based upon their varying needs.

They also need accessible digital versions of books and other documents for the course so that they can magnify and/or easily listen to them—don't worry, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will be partnering with you to ensure everything is in good shape and that the student has the necessary equipment/technology! That said, the more advanced planning and access you can provide to your course materials—ideally in modifiable format—the better for everyone involved.

Good Practice Guidelines

The good practice guidelines outlined below will make course material and methods more accessible not just for students who require magnification but also benefit other students who have a variety of learning preferences and challenges. We recommend against no-laptop or no-technology policies in general based on the number of students who require technology as part of their accommodations, and students requiring magnification will require an exception to such policies.

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