Visual Impairment and Blindness Resources

These resources cover the basics of visual impairment and blindness, covering the causes, as well as definitions of professional and medical terminology, descriptions of vision examination procedures, simulations, statistics, and recommendations for protecting the eyes and vision. This section also includes information on support groups for parents, families, and consumers, along with advice for environmental adaptations and tips for living with blindness and visual impairment.

For educational resources, please visit the sections grouped under Teaching Resources.

Includes articles, bibliographies and Internet resources.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This webcast featuring Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy provides information about the specific characteristic behaviors of CVI and provides information regarding the evaluation of functional vision.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

This article cautions against oversimplification of a complex condition, which is not an eye condition but a brain condition. Morse notes that all children with CVI do not exhibit the same behavior, a single approach does not work for all children, and treatment is a dynamic process.

Source: Dr. Mary T. Morse

Numerous videos by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy on CVI, including an Overview of CVI, CVI Range, Strategies and Programming Planning and more.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

A poster with introductory information about Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), including characteristic features, implications, educational interventions, and case studies.

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

In two one-hour sessions, the staff of the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins dive deeply into the causes and impacts of cortical/cerebral visual impairments, and discuss the importance of collaborative care for children with CVI.

Source: Perkins eLearning (Webinar)

CPIR disseminates information and resources to Parent Training Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers, in support of families of children with disabilities.

Source: CPIR

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

This 3-page article (on pp.6-8 of the newsletter) offers strategies for planning an effective transition from school to adult life. It includes information about the members of the team and creating an effective futures plan.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

In this 30-minute webcast, Mary Zatta describes the purpose and components of a vocational portfolio, and discusses the importance of development processes.

For more information on this topic, see this title from Perkins Publications: School to Work - Developing Transitional Portfolios for Students with Significant Disabilities

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Blogger Hannah Thompson describes her first experience of an audio-described film. Her opinion touches on many of the benefits and shortcomings of audio description.

Source: Blind Spot

Michael McCarty shares tips for cooking with a crock-pot or slow cooker.

Source: Fred's Head blog, American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

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

Information and resources on CVI, including videos, online classes, and information on the CVI Endorsement.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This three-part multimedia presentation covers an introduction to CVI, case studies, and intervention strategies.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Information on all aspects of cortical visual impairment (CVI), including introductory materials, CVI products, research, and resources.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

DbI brings together professionals, researchers, families, consumers, and administrators all around the world to raise awareness about deafblindness. The site includes articles on service guidelines, education issues, communication, and interpreting.

This factsheet lists the different categories of deafblindness experienced by older people and some of the challenges they face. Scroll through the list of Factsheets to download.

Source: Action on Hearing Loss

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)

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