General Teaching Tips Resources

These resources for teachers offer advice, professional supports, and explanation of team roles and responsibilities in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Stacy Shafer outlines some of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's recommendations for designing a learning environment for a child with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.

Source: Future Reflections, 2005, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Ann Gelles shares a series of animal stories designed to teach contractions to beginning braille readers. "Students are introduced to … whole word contractions and short form words as they learn and practice the alphabet."

Source: California School for the Blind

The APH report was conducted in 2005-2006 to analyze mathematics research and studies that meet the criteria for evidence-based practice.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

The Quick Tips video series provides weekly ideas (under 5 minutes) for incorporating American Printing House for the Blind (APH) resources into your lessons. Bookmark this idea bank and visit often!

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

In this 60-minute presentation Frances Mary D'Andrea addresses the importance of monitoring students’ progressive skills as they develop as readers and writers.

Source: Perkins eLearning Tutorial and Webinar

Information about blindness, education and development, independent movement and travel, sports, games, and leisure activities can be found on this site.

This site features two newspaper articles about "small but significant breakthroughs" in science education for students who are blind: Camp Eureka, a natural history camp in Montana; and a dissection class at Colorado Center for the Blind.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Each vendor at Blind Mice Mega Mall is visually impaired, so when you shop on-line through this website you are benefiting the VI community.  
There is NO fee to sign up to purchase items on Blind Mice Mega Mall.
 
Product selection is wide ranging and can vary by vendor.  We noticed product selection for cooking, outdoors, body care, and food (just to name a few).  Blind Mice Mega Mall also offers descriptive videos.

From the Blind Mice Mega Mall website:

"Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed to operate with screen reader and low vision software! No matter what link is "Clicked", the new page will always be displayed at the top of the web site! 
Just use the keyboard command "Control" + "Home" to jump to the top of Blind Mice Mega Mall (and the old page will be right below it!) It is so quick and easy to navigate & shop at Blind Mice Mega Mall! "

Bookshare provides accessible books without a fee for students with print disabiities. Students with visual impairment can access both textbooks and books for personal reading through Bookshare. 

The following description is from the Bookshare website: 

Bookshare® is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. More than 425,000 people in 70 countries have access to Bookshare's collection of over 460,000 titles. More than 820 U.S. and international publishers contribute to our social mission by donating their digital files, making it possible for Bookshare to serve users around the world and ensuring that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers. 

Bookshare® opens up the world of reading for people with print disabilities.

If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help!

Our books are “accessible,” which means you can read our books many different ways.

Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, people of all ages, as well as schools and many organizations around the globe can access the books they need for school, work, career advancement, skill development and the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.

How can you read Bookshare books?

  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser

 

Textbooks for Science 

The following are steps to download a science textbook from Bookshare for a student. Only the teacher sponsor (TVI) is able to asssign a textbook. The student can't assign it to himself.

Please see the Bookshare website for more detailed info:

Basic Steps for Bookshare:

  1. The TVI becomes a sponsor for Bookshare
  2. The TVI adds the student to a roster on Bookshare
  3. The TVI assigns the NIMAC book (textbook) to the student's account.
  4. The student searches for the book.  It will appear on his account once assigned by the teacher.
  5. Either the TVI or the student can download the book. If the student has his/ her own electronic device, it is usually preferable for him to download the book.  If not, the teacher can download it for him and save it to a thumbdrive for the student. The student is then able to read the material on a braillenote or other device with a braille display.

"BANA's purpose is to promote and to facilitate the use, teaching and production of braille." It publishes codes, rules, interpretations, and opinions about braille, most of which can be downloaded from the site.

Source: Braille Authority of North America (BANA)

Reproduced by Duxbury, Inc., world leader in software for braille and braille translation. These are print resources for students and teachers of braille.

Source: Duxbury Systems, Inc

NFB offers many braille-related programs through its Jernigan Institute, including the Braille Certification Training Program for people who want to become braille transcribers.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

The Braille Superstore offers a wide variety of Braille books as well as housewares, travel products, low vision products, toys and games,Braille teaching tools, a copy center, math and measurement, etc.

Of particular interest for science are some of the items in the Math and Measuring section, including the talking calculators and the length measurement tools. 

The braille section of the Paths to Literacy site offers an overview, instructional strategies, pre-braille, tactile graphics, technology for braille readers, sources of print/braille books, tools for writing braille, braille production, and brailler repair. Users may post content, and there is also a forum for questions and answers related to braille literacy.

Source: Paths to Literacy

This site includes extensive information about sensory integration dysfunction, with sections focusing on education, classroom accommodations, and additional resources.

Source: Bridges4Kids

This site is a resource for O&M Specialist's to use for creative lesson plans to teach their students.

This section of AER's website has information about the skills and responsibilities of O&M Specialists, a list of training programs, a job exchange, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.

Source: Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

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