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Case Study – Music and Visual Difficulties

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A is a twenty-one year old viola player on the first year of the BMus course. After a fall during a fainting fit in her first term, she finds that she has lost most of her vision, with both eyes being affected. Despite several medical investigations, the cause of this is unclear, and there is no indication of whether or when any vision may return. A is unable to read normal size print or scores and suffers badly from migraines if she attempts to read for any extended period of time. She is a talented musician and very keen to continue her studies.

Strategies
  • Deferral of performance assessments
  • Extended deadlines for written assignments
  • Extra time, use of a computer and enlarged print question papers for written examinations
  • Viva in place of parts of written exams
  • Audio form and viva as alternative to a written assignment on orchestration
  • Large print score and extra preparation time for quick study
  • Computerised systems to enable reading of scores in rehearsals
  • Computer with specialist software, scanner, enlarger, daylight lamp, etc. provided through the DSA
  • Enlarged print handouts, scores and other documents provided by tutors
  • Handouts emailed in advance where possible
  • College documents provided on disk
  • Mini disk recording of lectures permitted
  • Non-medical helpers allowance used to provide assistance in travel to hospital appointments when necessary
  • Individual tutorial support for academic work
  • Assistance with finding items in the library and extended library loan periods

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