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.

Author Jill Green, is a Senior Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at the College Board. Here she explains how students with visual impairments can get the testing accommodations they need.

Source: Future Reflections, Winter 2014

The articles in this section offer a wealth of information on alternate methods of communication, including symbol systems, schedules, and sign language.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Katrina Arndt discuss the difference between discrete and continuous activity and the implications of this type of categorization on communication.

Source: Deaf-Blind Perspectives

Sue Elan Holmes writes "about her experience with the Little Room, and what the Active Learning approach has meant for her son, Jimmy."

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Suggestions for classroom teachers serving students with low vision.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

An overview of CVI, including characteristics and teaching strategies

Source: Blind Babies Foundation

Elizabeth Hartmann focuses on three main aspects of environments in this article (page 3): space, people, and time. Giving each appropriate attention "make them more conducive to meaningful communication" for children with deafblindness.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

A landing page of links to current research on the topic of math education and math accessibility.

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

In this primer on the Universal Design for Learning framework, Dr. Richard Jackson argues that creating a curriculum that accommodates students with low-incidence disabilities is beneficial to all learners.

Source: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Earn your continuing education points through this 3-part tutorial on Universal Design for Learning, featuring Perkins' popular Accessible Science curriculum, as well as methods for adapting physical education activities.

Source: Perkins eLearning Tutorials

Educators Alan J. Koenig, Mary Jean Sanspree, and M. Cay Holbrook state "the position of DVI regarding the determination of the reading medium for students with visual impairments."

Source: American Federation for the Blind (AFB)

Barbara Miles and Barbara McLetchie describe types of concepts and the relationships, attitudes, and environments that promote their development in students who are deafblind; in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Mavis Campos’s chapter in the book, Innovations In Developing Countries For People With Disabilities, (Edited by Brian O'Toole and Roy McConkey) addresses the creation of livelihoods for people with disabilities, including vocational training, rural self-employment, and social marketing.

Source: Enabling Education Network

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.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children

A questionnaire for determining whether a vision evaluation is needed; includes links to related topics such as pediatric care, vision therapy, vision checklists and learning disabilities.

Source: Optometrists Network

Features a weblog with updates on research and publications, and a forum of experts that respond to questions about education of children with deafblindness.

The collection of position papers by the of the Division on Visual Impairments, Council for Exceptional Children provides an overview of the responsibilities and special expertise of teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired. These link automatically download the Word documents.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments (CECDVI)

Aimed at educators of children with visual impairments or deafblindness, this publication has advice for the classroom and the team meeting room. Available in PDF or Word formats.

Source: The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

APH offers a wide range of products for parents and professionals to use in the education of young children, including assessment tools, curricula, and instructional materials.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Susan Osterhaus offers suggestions for materials, activities, and resources to help young children develop simple mathematical concepts.

Source: Susan's Math Technology Corner, Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

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