Blindness and Low Vision Studies

  • Two men using a text enlarging machine.
  • A man helps a blind woman touch a sculpture.
  • A woman looks on as a blind man use an assistive device.

The Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University has been preparing vision professionals since 1961. That experience goes to work for individuals choosing to pursue graduate degrees in the growing fields of rehabilitation teaching, counseling, teaching children with visual impairments, and orientation and mobility for persons with blindness and low vision.

We welcome you to explore studies in this exciting field that promotes productive and independent lifestyles and helps:

  • Adults and children to travel independently around the house and around the world.
  • Adults to gain skills to compete for professional positions.
  • Children to succeed in educational programs and learn academic curriculum and expanded core curriculum skills.
  • Adults and children to gain proficiency in using modern assistive technologies.