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Visual Impairment & STEM

Lead Institution: University of Bath
Collaborating with: University of Southampton, Plymouth University, Royal Agricultural College, Loughborough University, London School of Economics

Project Outputs > What is Visual Impairment?

Dr Simon Hayhoe, active in social psychological and philosophical research in the field of visual culture and blindness, and the definition and study of disability, kindly provided the project with an overview of visual impairment. The case study, which can be accessed below, includes reference to Simon's recent research into the issues that affect visually impaired student participation in education. 

Case Study Content

Through the below article, you will be able to discover:

1. Problems in producing an all-encompassing classification of what a VI is in the classroom and who a VI student is

2. Differing types of visual impairment, including:

  • Obstructive impairments
  • Adverse psychological reactions to light
  • Total blindness

What is visual impairment?

It’s not what you see, it’s how you see it

Dr Simon Beard, freelance researcher, tutor & consultant at the London School of Economics, kindly provided the project with a case study of his own experiences of studying STEM as someone with a visual impairment - It’s not what you see, it’s how you see it.

In the below case study, Simon considers the impact of his visual impairment on his study of STEM in particular, how he has had to sacrifice a breadth of experience for a depth.

It's not what you see, it's how you see it - case study

Staff involved

EA Draffan
Project lead, University of Southampton

Judith Waterfield
Project lead, Plymouth University

Iryna Withington
University of Bath

John Conway
Royal Agricultural College

Sharron Sturgess
Loughborough University

Simon Hayhoe
London School of Economics