Diverse Learning Needs

Diverse Learning Needs Blind & Visually Impaired

Blind & Visually Impaired

The Calgary Board of Education provides a continuum of supports and services for students with diverse learning needs. A specialized team supports students with their unique learning style to personalize and assist with program planning. With this personalization, students are typically successful in the community school.

A student with a visual impairment is formally identified by means of an ophthalmology report and/or functional vision assessment by a qualified specialist in the field of vision. Students with a visual impairment would need to meet the following criteria:

Mild-Moderate Visual Impairment/Disability:

  • Is designated as having limited vision with a visual acuity of less than 20/70 (6/21 metric) in the better eye after correction, and/or a reduced field of vision.​

Severe Visual Impairment/Disability:

  • Has a visual acuity ranging from less than 6/60 (20/200) in the better eye after correction, to having no usable vision or a field of vision reduced to an angle of 20 degrees.

The student receives individualized support to address these needs. Some, but not all, of these learner needs may be addressed in the student’s Individual Program Plan (IPP).​​​​

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