Visual Impairment and Blindness in International Settings

The articles in this section summarize issues of blindness, visual impairment, deafblindness, and multiple disabilities that include blindness. These conditions present particular challenges when they occur in rural areas or communities with few resources. Included is information about causes and impact upon learning and development.
 

Blindness & Visual Impairment

Hesperian Foundation
This link takes you directly to Chapter 30 of David Werner’s book, Disabled Village Children. with information about development, mobility, education, work, and social life, as well as vision, eye health, and prevention of blindness; also available in Spanish.
 
World Health Organization (WHO)
Information on the primary causes of blindness and visual impairment; links to related information.
 
International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
A poster with introductory information about Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), including characteristic features, implications, educational interventions, and case studies.
 

Deafblindness

Sense International (India)
Causes of deafblindness, their symptoms and progression.
 

Multiple Disabilities that Include Visual Impairment

International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Malaysian educators discuss multiple disabilities and their educational implications.
 

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