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Screenings, Assessments, and Educational Evaluations for Learners who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Learning Media Assessment


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The Learning Media Assessment (LMA) is conducted by a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) and is conducted to determine if specific visual, tactual, and/or auditory learning media are appropriate for a learner. As stated in the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA) § 300.324, the IEP team will need to provide for instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP team determines after an evaluation that instruction in Braille or the use of Braille is not appropriate for the child. The learner’s learning media and tools will need to be continuously assessed, as their needs may change. The TVI will consider many factors when completing the LMA including; print size, readability of materials, environment, functional vision, reading level of student, and availability of materials.

The LMA is a tool to that can be used to determine and monitor the child’s reading and writing skills over time.

  • Path to Literacy overview of LMA

    Read information about the framework for selecting appropriate literacy media for a student who is visually impaired. LMA presentations are available through a login.

  • Texas State School for the Blind overview of LMA

    Read information about what literacy means for students with visual impairments, characteristics of a print and/or braille reader, and factors to consider when determining needs.

Preview the following tools available to assist in completing a LMA:


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