Visual Impairment and Blindness

In this webcast, Dr. Luisa Mayer demonstrates the role of the visual field in daily life and the challenges faced when there is a field loss.
In this webcast, David Brown offers an overview of the impact that CHARGE has on vision and, in turn, on the behavior of the student with CHARGE Syndrome.
Dr. Penny Rosenblum discusses the development of navigational and social skills for children and adults who are visually impaired and unable to drive.
In this webcast, Susan Dalton offers a perspective on including students with albinism in the regular educational classroom.
In this webcast, Larry Campbell discusses the Education for All Initiative - all girls and boys with blindness and low vision enjoy the right to education.
Advice, professional supports, and explanation of team roles and responsibilities in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired.
Dr. Christine Roman presents an overview of cortical visual impairment (CVI) and the importance of early diagnosis and common diagnostic issues.
In this webcast, Ellen Mazel discusses how the vision is processed in a child with cortical vision impairment (CVI) and the importance of early intervention.
Intricacies of special education regulations and procedures, and advocating for the unique educational needs of their children who are blind.
The organizations in this section provide information, support, and advice to people with blindness and visual impairment.   Consumer Organizations Created By People with Visual Impairments...
websites with statistics on blindness and visual impairment by age, race, etc.
Vision simulation is one way to understand how the world is experienced by someone with a visual impairment. This section has links to photographs, activities, and instructions for creating your...
The resources in this section help families understand how they can support the development of their children who are blind or visually impaired, and encourage them to enjoy maximum independence...
Resources on low vision, including low vision assessment, assistive aids, etc.
This section has links to information about Functional Vision Assessment, a crucial early step in planning for the education of a student with visual impairment. These resources explain the...
The links in this section have advice on protection of the eyes, preservation of vision, and prevention of accidents and injuries.   Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click...
Understand the complexities of the vision care professions.
Learn more about different causes of blindness and visual impairment, including various eye conditions, as well as CVI and brain-based visual impairment
The links in this section explore the anatomy of the eye and the physiology of vision. The definitions and glossaries clarify the terminology of optometry, ophthalmology, and other vision-related...
Guidelines for modifications and evaluation to improve contrast and lighting and reduce visual clutter and glare for individuals with vision loss.
Find out how to become a vision professional and information about teaching training.
Radio and Podcasting links.
Connect with books and reading materials in formats accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments: braille, large print, recorded, and electronic.
  Vision rehabilitation provides the tools and training to maintain independence after vision loss. This field offers a broad range of professional services, such as low vision evaluation, vision...
This section features information about the four eye conditions most likely to affect adult vision: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Learn about...
This section provides an overview of the aging process and associated vision changes. Included is information on eye health, vision loss, and preserving one’s sight in the senior years. Many sites...
These programs give students with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences.
Surveys, studies, and research on the results and outcomes of transition practices for students with disabilities.
The organizations and agencies in this section offer information about transition for students with disabilities.
Resources for people adjusting to experiencing vision loss.
These sites offer advice on courtesy and etiquette when interacting socially or professionally with people who are blind or visually impaired.
Advice on what to do when you meet someone who is blind or visually impaired.
The articles in this section summarize issues of blindness, visual impairment, deafblindness, and multiple disabilities that include blindness. These conditions present particular challenges when...
Famous People with Blindness or Visual Impairment
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...
Review classroom modifications to meet your students' individual needs at the beginning of every school year.
Develop visual attention as background illumination decreases and objects become smaller.
Use an immediate reinforcer to encourage attention to a presented light source.
Determine whether light can be used as an effective reinforcer for a student with low vision.
Use real objects to promote efficient visual scanning of multiple objects.
Teach children responsibility and care for their belongings.