Independent Living Resources

Independent Living encompasses a wide range of topics for people of all ages, including activities of daily living for younger children, and modifications of tasks that enable adults to live on their own, such as cooking, shopping, budgeting & money management, clothing care, and more.

Approximately 40,000 services and programs in Massachusetts for elders, including those with vision loss; aimed at consumers, caregivers, and professionals.

Source: 800AgeInfo

Swimmer Megan Smith describes how she uses her hearing to determine when to turn around at the end of a lap; her coaches share what they have learned from working with her. Competitive opportunities for blind swimmers are discussed.
 

Source: NFB/Future Reflections 26(2) 2007

A checklist of safety tips for lighting, furniture, elimination of hazards, use of color contrast, and safety in hallways and stairways.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Some of the visual skills that need to be evaluated as part of a child's comprehensive vision examination.

Source: Optometrists Network

A selected list of museums with exhibit consideration for people who are blind or visually impaired, such as touch-tours and multi-sensory exhibits

Source: New York Public Library

This free downloadable podcatcher is a tool for finding, downloading, archiving, and sharing poscasts.

This webinar produced at Perkins explains specific aspects of environmental obstacles, with adaptation tips.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Practical advice for organizing the kitchen, using appliances, pouring liquids, cooking, and setting the table; includes links to demonstration videos and online classes.

Source: Lighthouse International

Making the home environment safe and well organized; focuses on lighting, glare, contrast, organization, and eliminating hazards; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

The AFB Senior Site has information on numerous topics, such as Understanding Vision Loss, Changing Your Home, and Daily Living.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

ABBA seeks to "promote interest in bowling activities among legally blind men and women in North America;" their newsletter is published three times per year and is available here in electronic format.

Source: American Blind Bowling Association

ABSF is committed to serving blind and visually impaired children and adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence and independence that can last a lifetime.

Source: American Blind Skiing Foundation

AHA promotes therapeutic riding as a "treatment strategy … for people living with disabilities. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being."

Source: American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)

Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); includes information on visual impairment.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

This list compiled by the American Printing House includes recorded presentations and interviews going back to August 2005. Links here launch a player to listen online

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

Susan Boswell and Debbie Gray outline the steps in toilet training, including assessment, physical structure, establishing a routine and communication system, and troubleshooting. A list of children's books about toilet training is included.

Source: Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

Overview of bioptic driving requirements, fitting and pricing, with state-by-state laws for bi-optic drivers in the United States.

This site provides basic information about the sport, and includes links to numerous articles on the general topic of sports and people who are blind or visually impaired.
 

Source: Blind Judo Foundation

Pat Munson, a longtime leader of the NFB, describes her life as a gardener. 

Source: NFB/Braille Monitor, February 2006

A helpful checklist of features to consider when searching for a living situation for an elder with visual impairment. Includes environmental, staff, and policy issues.

Source: VisionAware

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