Education of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Visit our subject folders for resources specific to teaching:


A Brief Look At The Education Of Blind Children: An Overview
National Federation of the Blind
A look at educational settings, curriculum, and some of the challenges in educating children with visual impairments

Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schools
Virginia Department of Education
This 42-page manual is excellent for families, administrators, and general education teachers who need to understand how educational services are delivered to students with visual impairments (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

This resource from Saskatchewan Learning offers basic information to help provide successful school experiences for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Web-Based Organizations and Resources

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
This site's state-by-state menu makes it easy to locate, in one place, agency contact information for Accessible Information Materials and National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard(NIMAS) for your U.S. state or territory.
Council for Exceptional Children
The CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness advances the education of children and youth who have visual impairments or deafblindness. Browse selected articles and position papers here.
American Foundation for the Blind maintains a list of organizations offering financial support for qualifying individuals and academic programs.  Browse them here.
Perkins Webcasts
This webcast, produced in partnership with CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), outlines the principles of Universal Design for Learning and curriculum reform.
The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on Dec. 3, 2004 and ensures “services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.”  This website separates Part B (school-age) and Part C (early education) information for easy reference.
Washington State School for the Blind
Video clips on useful skills and various daily activities for students who are blind.

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