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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Light Box Accommodations for Wheelchair Users

Positioning and stabilizing the APH Light Box for use with children who have visual impairments or blindness and who are also wheelchair users might pose an extra challenge. Students with visual impairment and additional (physical) disabilities have very individualized and unique positioning needs. It may be helpful to follow these steps to determine how your student accesses the APH Light Box best:

  • It is advisable to first determine in what position the student must be to best access vision. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and the teacher of the visually impaired can work together with the student to determine optimal positioning for the student. Once this is accomplished, a decision about equipment needs can be made.
  • Once optimal student positioning is established and equipment needs are identified, use the Light Box in combination with the necessary equipment, which may include specially designed work tables that are adjustable in both height and angle, to accommodate student needs. Possible sources include:
  • Positioning a non-slip material (e.g., Dycem® mats) underneath the Light Box to stabilize it on a desired working surface may be necessary.

As always, APH is very interested in hearing from those in the field about innovative ways to make the Light Box (and other APH products) fully accessible to children with multiple disabilities. Please feel encouraged to share your own suggestions and tips by visiting APH’s Product Forum at

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