Providing Learning Support for Blind or Visually Impaired Students Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

Travel

It is relatively easy to advise students on how to get to a fieldcourse venue, then leave them to their own devices, forgetting the needs of blind of visually impaired students in the group. There are several approaches that can be adopted in these circumstances — the best one to use is the one most acceptable to the individual students involved:

These approaches apply specifically to formally organised fieldwork involving groups of students. It can be more difficult making suitable arrangements for students working alone — e.g. on dissertation-related fieldwork. In these situations, it may be necessary to ask a buddy or study helper to provide transport, and discuss repayment of the costs with the department or the institution's disability adviser.

See also the following related documents: Mobility Aids, Getting Around, and Assistive Technology.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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