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Contributed by Lynelle Ross


The college experience poses unique and often trying obstacles for students with visual disabilities. Yet, earning a college degree is far from impossible. Universities and private organizations are doing more than ever to help visually impaired students. Between counseling, accommodations, learning tools, and specialized housing, there is much to understand about the options available to college students with visual disabilities. In this guide, we take an in-depth look at the evolving college experience for blind and low vision students, as well as offer useful tips and resources. 

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Earning a college degree is no easy feat, regardless of circumstance or background. As such, for those with visual disabilities, educational success at the college level can be exceptionally difficult. The path to the graduation ceremony is lined with unique and often difficult challenges for blind and low vision students.

The good news, however, is that colleges are doing more than ever to help level the playing field for those with visual impairments. School accessibility departments, on campus clubs, and private non-profit organizations often work in tandem to make college life for those with vision loss easier and more enjoyable.

From testing accommodations, to reading tools, to special housing, there is a lot to learn about the college experience for those with visual impairments. In this guide, we explore how having a visual disability impacts the college experience, what universities are doing for visually disabled students, tips for visually impaired college students and their families, and other resources. 


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