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These guidelines for Michigan teachers are useful for any educator whose student needs instruction in assistive technology. Includes downloadable checklists in Word and PDF format.Source: Michigan Department of Education
ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology devices and/or services.
The University of Buffalo's Assistive Technology Training Online Project focuses on information on the use of AT for children with disabilities in elementary classrooms. Tutorials are provided specifically for JAWS, BrailleNote, ZoomText, and other products useful for students with visual impairments.
A consumer group by and for people with visual impairments, dedicated to full inclusion and human rights.Source: Associação dos Cegos e Amblíopes de Portugal (ACAPO)
A study of the effect of age-related vision and hearing impairments on health and quality of life. From the academic journal Archives of Ophthalmology in 2006; volume 124, number 10, pages 1465-1470Source: Archives of Ophthalmology
This study of athletes with visual impairments provides strong evidence of the value of inclusion in physical education classes and benefits of school sports participation. Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat ReaderSource: Western Michigan University
ADP lists television programs by network, and gives instructions for enabling the service on home TVs.Source: The Audio Description Project
The charts in this 6-page document by Marilyn and Jay Gense compare typical development, development of children who are blind or visually impaired, and children who have autism as well as visual impairments. The charts focus on communication, social interactions, patterns of behavior, and responses to sensory information.Source: FocusFamilies
Authors Perla and Ducret explain how the design of an O&M program for students with multiple disabilities should start with understanding the child's most basic needs, such as communication, safety, independence, and consistency.Source: International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Ole Mortensen looks at surveys that show how many older people experience vision and hearing loss, and the need for services revealed by these statistics.Source: European Blind Union
Batten's is an inherited fatal neurodegenerative disease which includes loss of vision. Resources, support, and advice for accommodations.Source: Advance for Nurses
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
Tips for parents on observing skills development, missing or delayed skills in children with visual impairments, and dealing with difficult or challenging behaviors.Source: FamilyConnect
Three behavioral characteristics are commonly found among individuals with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Author John Walters stresses the necessity of understanding the whole person and the function of behaviors before considering intervention.Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
In your education of (and advocacy for) others, you may find these talking points helpful for getting the message across that orientation and mobility are important lifelong learning processes. This link presents both English and Spanish text.Source: Texas School for the Blind and VIsually Impaired
A primer on Large Print standards and practices.Source: The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (an Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind)
Sensory loss can diminish the quality of life for older adults, and this article discusses how rehabilitation can help.Source: For The Record Magazine
In this 11-page document, Sam Morgan describes biobehavioral states and explains why they are important when working with students with profound disabilities.Source: Hunter College
This article introduces two ways to classify states of awareness in "individuals with profound disabilities."
Maylene Bird shares teaching tips on cells, microscopes, diagrams and models, dissecting, and measuring.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)