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SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Low Vision Services

Selecting the appropriate low vision devices requires knowledge of the vision loss, knowledge of low vision devices, and knowledge of the curriculum and educational expectations for each individual student.

Young student with low vision

Our Low Vision Specialist works with students statewide. Using information gathered from the student, the parents/guardians, and educators, the student’s visual strengths and needs are defined.

The eye care specialists and the Low Vision Specialist provide educational recommendations that include simple accommodations, such as dark lined paper, reading stands, or better lighting within the classroom. Vision accommodations can be written into the IEP.

Low vision student viewing an enlarged map of the United States on a cctv

Low vision devices can include stand magnifiers, handheld magnifiers, or telescopes. Electronic magnification systems can be used to display print or visual images on large screens. These systems may enlarge the size of the letters on the printed page or allow the student with low vision to observe what is occurring in the front of the classroom. Often, a student may require multiple devices for different tasks.

South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
423 17th Avenue SE
Aberdeen SD 57401
605.626.2580 or 1.888.275.3814
FAX: 605.626.2607

Dr. Marva Gellhaus - Low Vision Specialist
Dr. Marva Gellhaus, TVI, CLVT®
Low Vision Specialist
605.626.3977