When students with visual impairments attend school, their needs are different from the general population in several areas. As students transition into different grades, among different teachers, or from high school into adulthood, it is important to create a portfolio to highlight their strengths and needs.
Here is a sample outline by Edith Ethridge for a Vision Portfolio.
Here is a sample Outline created using elements of the VI portfolio here.
- State your eye condition
- State the name of the vision devices that you use (ex. eyewear, optical devices, technology, etc.)
- State your visual abilities and needs
- State Agencies and other vision resources helpful for your transition
Personal Vision Statement
Near and distant tasks
- State how you access tasks up close and at a distance
- State the tools that you use to get your work done (ex. Print size, technology, bold line paper, bold pen, lighting, etc.)
- State what you need to complete tasks (work and academic)
Examples of vision statements:
I am a visually impaired student. These are some of the things that I will need to accomplish tasks.
- A large print copy (minimum 16 point) of any work or assignments on the board or overhead
- Seating close to activities (state how many feet)
- Sighted Guide
- Technological devices
- Glasses, bold pens, monocular, magnifier
Insert a sentence using the exact font size and boldness of font that you require
State which eye is your dominant eye or what you can see with your eyes.
Adobe Spark Page
One way to create a sharable webpage/online portfolio is to use Adobe Spark Page.
You can create a free Adobe Spark account here.
- Here are Sample Student Portfolio Pages (General Topics).
- Here is a page created by a student sharing his experience of growing up and living with a disability.
The following is a video on how to create a Adobe Spark Page using a Computer.
The following video is how to create a Adobe Spark Page using the iOS app.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
- Student safety is key. Students should refrain from including personal information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. It would be best to use first names only. If including Video or Photos, makes sure to have parental permission.
Include video clips of students (if allowed by your school district) using VI tools in class, students accessing their environment in the community using their cane, or student interviews for example.
The Spark Pages are not searchable online, therefore the links can be directly shared with individuals. Use extreme caution when posting links online on Social Media.
How Transition Portfolios Can Be Used
- To share with teachers and educational staff
- To share at a workplace
- To share with colleges
- To share with summer program coordinators
How would you use Spark Post with your students and clients? Please leave a comment below to share your ideas!