Impairment or Low Vision is a severe reduction in vision that cannot be
corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses and reduces a person's
ability to function at certain or all tasks. Legal blindness (which is actually
a severe visual impairment) refers to a best-corrected central vision of 20/200
or worse in the better eye or a visual acuity of better than 20/200 but with a
visual field no greater than 20° (e.g., side vision that is so reduced that it
appears as if the person is looking through a tunnel). Color Blindness involves
the inability for a person to distinguish between certain colors, usually red
parent or buddy to read for scout
more time for reading, writing, primarily visual activities
scout to verbally answer in place of written work
the physical activities to lower/slower activity level
for more time when doing activities that require motion
a magnifier for scout
handbooks in large type (ask your local council for help)
with significant visual impairment are well aware of their abilities and needs.
Let them set these.
significant changes are needed for Color Blindness
Deafness is a
condition wherein the ability to detect certain frequencies of sound is
completely or partially impaired. When applied to humans, the term hearing
impaired is rejected by the Deaf Culture movement, where the terms deaf and
hard-of-hearing are preferred. Deafness does not mean that the scout cannot
talk, but many people with hearing impairments have difficulty speaking.
written instructions for activities
scout to provide written answers in place of verbal responses
someone who can translate sign language
talking to scout face them and talk at a normal pace (Helps with lip reading)
sure the scout has a clear view of you and the visual aids
a buddy to the scout who can take notes for them or get their attention
visual aids/instructions to any activity (Demonstrate)
the buddy system whenever going out (generally a good idea, but even more so
with this disability)
scouts with some hearing, place them nearest to the speaker or source of the
too much background noise or competing noises
long instructions or dialogue. Keep talks short, clear, and to the point.
- Break up verbal
instructions into small parts, and check for understanding repeatedly.