Programs for visually impaired students face teacher shortage

The blind and visually impaired students make their way to the second-story classrooms at Addison Trail High School, hang their canes on hooks just outside the doorway, then run their fingertips across tables until they recognize the feel of foam shapes marking their assigned spots.

For the rest of the school day, the 35 high school students who come from across DuPage and Cook counties will take advantage of special-education services guaranteed to them by law. State and federal dollars provide helpful accommodations, including shelves full of braille textbooks and tablets loaded with the latest apps designed to help students with partial blindness to see what is on the board.

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