In conclusion, it is important to re-emphasise that the development of social competencies and peer relationships can’t be left to chance, particularly if you have a student who is blind or vision impaired in your class. Wolffe, Thomas and Sacks (2000) state, “Good communication skills are not developed overnight. It takes practice in a variety of social settings to learn how to be an effective communicator and to demonstrate good social skills.” (pg. 12).
For more information and resources for teaching social interaction skills to students with vision impairments please visit the TSBVI website (http://www.tsbvi.edu) and the Minnesota DeafBlind Project pages (http://dbproject.mn.org).
Chapter 1: The Spirit of Inclusion
Chapter 3: Technological and Medical Interventions
Chapter 4: Teaching Strategies and Accommodations
Chapter 5: Activities
Chapter 6: Social Skills
Chapter 7: Counseling Students with Vision Impairment
Chapter 8: Working with Families
Chapter 9: Research and Reflections