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Resources for Adapting Low Vision Training Materials for the Adult With Low Literacy Skills

By Tucker, Laurel; Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Vol. 98, No. 11, pp. 710-717
Publication Date: November 2004

Article discusses resources that can be utilized in order to adapt low vision training materials for adults with low literacy skills, with a focus on formal reading assessments and materials. Three low vision reading assessments are discussed: (1) the Slosson Oral Reading Test-Revised (SORT-R), (2) the Gray Oral Reading Tests, Fourth Addition (GORT-4), and (3) the Morgan Low Vision Reading Comprehension Assessment. The SORT-R is a three- to five-minute measure of word recognition skills for students and adults, and it is available in twenty-four, eighteen, or sixteen-point font, with new options in Braille. The assessment’s 200 words are organized in 10 groups that approximate grade levels. The GORT-4 is a 20- to 30- minute oral test of decoding skills, accuracy, reading rate, and reading comprehension. Scores are reported as standard scores, grade and age equivalents, and percentile ranks. The Morgan Low Vision Reading Comprehension Assessment is an 18-sentence, 10-minute test designed for adults with low vision. The assessment is designed to be a measure of reading comprehension, but it can also be used to determine the respondents’ reading level. The Dolch Beginning and Remedial Reading sight-reading program is also described. The application was designed for children in grades one through three, and the words are the two-hundred-and-twenty most frequently found words in children’s books. Many of the words cannot be sounded out because they do not follow traditional decoding rules, so they must be learned as sight words.
Published by: AFB Press   (Website:

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)    (Web Site: )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J48521

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