This section starts with the basics: information about vision and vision disorders. There are links to sites that explain the causes of visual impairment and blindness, as well as definitions of professional and medical terminology, descriptions of vision examination procedures, simulations, statistics, and recommendations for protecting the eyes and vision. Searchers will find 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, and strategies for special and general education, please visit the Education section "Resources for Teachers."
National Association of State Director of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE)
"...[D]escribes the variety of state infrastructures and programs ... that serve children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. Information was collected through a brief survey distributed to all state education agencies...." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
"Out of Sight" provides a jumping-off point for talking about processing aural information. This animated short video (5:30) can be enjoyed at all age and experience levels, but contains no dialogue, and is not described. The Disability Movie website, linked here, has included a complete description that can be distributed to viewers, or read aloud with the video..
Future Reflections, Fall 1990
Jan Bailey describes her experience growing up without sight, and notes the positive influence of high parental expectations.