Assessment Resources

This section provides resources about different assessment tools and when they might be most helpful. This can be complex because there is no single assessment tool for students with visual impairments. Instead, there are various tools specific to different needs - some for skills, some for cognitive assessment, some for other needs.

It is crucial to remember that the vast majority of assessment tools are designed for students who are sighted, and assessment tools should not penalize students with visual impairments for not being able to perform tasks that require vision.

Most teachers use a combination of formal and informal assessment tools. Some are designed specifically for students with visual impairments, while others are adapted or modified.

Information on the most prevalent eye diseases globally, and WHO's work to eradicate them.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

​This online handbook covers the range, from basic number facts to advanced mathematics, and includes a handbook for spoken mathematics.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

The Project MAX Status and Implementation Plan is used in conjunction with the Project MAX Practice Profile Implementation Rubric to document current implementation status, design specific action steps and check progress related to the Practice Profile core components for students with complex instructional needs.

Source: Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

Kay Alicyn Ferrell provides an overview of education for young children with visual impairments, including a brief history, the law, and a look at some of the major issues.

Source: International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Dr. Harvey Mar's overview of psychological evaluation of children who are deafblind. He defines several assessment approaches, answers common questions, and advises psychologists on preparing for the assessment.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Diane Miller shares her experiences in helping her blind daughter to develop literacy skills. She describes the importance of bridging concepts, her search for braille books, homemade books, and how she created a literate environment.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

A list for family members and friends of elders who might be experiencing vision disorders.

Source: VisionAware

A strong collaboration between O&M instructor, family, and student results in better integration of mobility skills into everyday life.

Source: Future Reflections, Fall 2008

TSynopses of current research findings, with links to further information and full texts.

Source: Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

This chart has one section of tests that are specific to visual impairment and one section that is not.  Information is provided on each type of test, including a list of  its strengths and weaknesses.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This site offers links to numerous articles, including "Preemies and Sensory Integration", "Adoption and Sensory Integration", and more.

Source: Come Unity

Scroll down through the articles on Sensory Integration to find neurologist Dr. Fernette Eide's offering. She explains the biology of sensory integration dysfunction and the role of occupational therapy in its treatment.

Source: Sensory Pro

Occupational Therapist Linda C. Stephens provides an overview of some of the ways sensory integrative problems manifest themselves, including sensory defensiveness, activity levels, and behavior.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired(TSBVI)

This interactive training module presents the challenge of what to do to accommodate a student with a visual impairment in one’s classroom.  It is made up of five components: a Challenge (realistic scenario), Initial Thoughts (first response to the scenario), Perspectives and Resources (nuggets of information), Assessment (a self-evaluation tool), and Wrap up (summary of the information).

Source: The IRIS Center, Vanderbilt University

Symptoms of eye and vision conditions; information about potentially serious ones.

Source: Prevent Blindness America

Dr. Virginia Bishop offers practical guidelines for professionals who do vision screening with young children.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Perkins provides a series of webcasts that explore in-depth the special educational, developmental, and social issues for individuals with CHARGE Syndrome. This link takes you to a landing page of webcasts, and 2 tutorial offerings for continuing education credits.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins provides a series of webcasts that explore in-depth the special educational, developmental, and social issues for individuals with CHARGE Syndrome. This link takes you to a landing page of webcasts, and 2 tutorial offerings for continuing education credits.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Explain the importance of comprehensive evaluations by members of the student's multidisciplinary team, including assessments of functional vision, expanded core curriculum, appropriate learning media, and ophthalmologic and optometric evaluations.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Numerous tips, activities, and resources to adapt books and literacy materials for children with CVI.

Source: Paths to Literacy

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