Social Studies Resources

In this section, teachers will find practical suggestions for making geography and social studies accessible for students who are blind or visually impaired. Included are tips for the classroom, ideas for activities, and techniques to adapt lessons and materials.

Using these practical suggestions will make historical site visits meaningful to students who are blind and visually impaired. Tactile representations, audio recordings, and the use of large print are discussed.

Source: English Heritage

This 256-page manual presents a wide range of information on community-based rehabilitation, from theory to implementation. Chapters are downloaded separately. Appendices include sample forms and course curricula for training of field workers and master trainers.

Source: Blind People’s Association (India)

NCSS is the largest American association devoted solely to social studies education.

General guidelines for developing programs for students with visual impairment and additional disabilities, including deafblindness. Includes background information, the range of service delivery options, Indian disability legislation, resources for teacher training, and sample forms.

Source: Voice and Vision (India)

Brazilian trainers share their expertise in “Professionals and Parents--Partners in Habilitation and Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Children: A Successful Experience”; in Portuguese.

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

This guide identifies the challenges faced by students doing fieldwork in geography, and suggests strategies for overcoming them. Included is advice on note taking, handouts, and the use of maps and other graphics.

Source: Geography Discipline Network

An investigation of the relationship between academic self-esteem and educational achievement in two types of educational settings in India.

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

Polish teachers discuss the role of residential schools in teaching activities of daily living and other functional skills.

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

The main challenges of providing services for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities in Nepal.

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

This is an annotated resource list of materials for teaching social studies to students who are blind and visually impaired.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Scroll down to Chapter 45. This chapter from David Werner’s book, Disabled Village Children, describes two models of rehabilitation and offers suggestions to help community members organize themselves; also in Spanish.

Source: Hesperian Foundation

Offering the most recent data, this is "your one-stop source for statistical facts, figures, and resources about Americans with vision loss," including visual impairment prevalence, population estimates, mobility, children's use of braille, computer use, marital status, employment and educational attainment. State by state prevalence statistics can be found here.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

RNIB's classroom resources pages contain suggestions for specific subject areas, including Geography

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Stuart Snowdon offers practical strategies for teaching geography to students with visual impairments, including ideas for instructional methods, materials, and mapwork.

Source: Staffordshire Learning Net

Description of a low vision program in Malawi that was improved by training the professionals, parents, and the children.

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

NCGE works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.  The site includes links to resources, publications, and events.

Barriers to the utilization of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services for individuals with blindness in rural South India.

Source: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

Understanding how disability affects people in villages, small towns, and cities, and the role of community-based rehabilitation in delivering services; in simplified language.

Source: Independent Living Institute