February is Low Vision Awareness Month
Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many students attending school. Low vision can impact many areas of a student’s educational experience including reading. There are many ways that students with low vision can access books and be more independent. AIM-VA can help by providing books in large print, audio (text to speech) and digital text.
- Large print books are printed with a larger font size to make it easier to read for students with low vision. There are more pages in a large print book because of the larger type size but the content is the same.
- Audio (text to speech) provides audio and visual components either separately or simultaneously.
- Digital text allows students to adjust the size, fonts, colors, and contrast of text to accommodate the student’s needs.
AIM-VA has books like the ones below available in large print:
- 1984 by George Orwell
- A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Numerous books are available in audio format. Search for books through the AIM-VA website. Books not currently found in the AIM-VA library, can be produced if requested by an AIM-VA DRM (Digital Rights Manager) in any Virginia public school division.