Teaching Resources

This webpage offers NCDB products, links to articles and other publications, and Internet resources.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

In this two-page fact sheet, parents learn what they can do before, during, and after the IEP team meeting, with real life examples. Available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

This checklist is "a tool to help parents who want to make sure that their child receives the special education and related services listed in their IEP."

Source: National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)

Future Reflections (1997)

This article by Doris M. Willoughby contains IEP Goals and Objectives for Self-Advocacy for three age groups, from preschool through twelfth grade. It also includes recommendations made by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the National Federation of the Blind regarding the provisions and proposed rules which impact blind and visually impaired children.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Educators and authors D. Jay Gense and Marilyn Gense provide educational strategies in this illustrated article that places Orientation & Mobility in context for learners with deafblindness. Also in PDF format, English or Spanish.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Video presenting practical methods for including a student with a visual impairment in physical education.

Source: Statewide Vision Resource Centre, Victoria (Australia)

This article includes sections on learning table skills, helping to prepare simple snacks and meals, and tips for good kitchen habits.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Independence Science provides talking and sensory products to increase accessibility in the science lab. This is a robust website of technological and tactile solutions or experimentation and modeling.

ILAB presents information on speech-accessible tools as well as modified laboratory procedures, which will enable students who are blind or visually impaired to perform chemistry laboratory experiments without sighted assistance.  The site includes information on laboratory tools, experiments, and tactile chemistry.

This page has links to documents on IEP planning and writing IEPs.

Source: DisabilityResources.org

This article introduces families to the IFSP process by explaining what it is, what services are provided, what is included in the plan, and how it supports the family.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This 4-page RTF worksheet is divided into different skill areas (motor, self-help, cognition, etc.), with columns for assessment, IFSP and materials.  It is a useful organizational tool in identifying and addressing the needs of infants.

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

This handbook by Dr. Virginia E. Bishop helps families and educators understand the importance of early identification, and how visual impairments may impede development if appropriate intervention is not provided.

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

A wealth of information can be found here on all topics related to infants and toddlers, and the adults who spend time with them. The online information includes many specific tips on topics ranging from play to sleep.

Prof. Grace Lappin describes how infant massage can provide another way for the caregiver and child to interact, establish contact and communication, and develop a deep bond. (Microsoft Word Document)

Source: DVI Quarterly, 2003, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)Division on Visual Impairments

Millie Smith discusses the impact of current federal legislation on the development of IEPs for students with severe disabilities,” and examines research-based instructional strategies.

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

The Paths to Literacy Project gathers strategies shared by professionals in the field. This resource bank is specific to the mathematics curriculum.

Source: Paths to Literacy

Ten easy reminders for classroom instructors, compiled by Guilford Technical Community College. Great for handouts, bulletin boards, in-service training. 

This position paper was developed to disseminate “key points and guidelines” in intelligence testing of individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

The purpose of ICEB is "to coordinate and improve standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille." One of their key initiatives is Unified English Braille.

This peer-reviewed journal that explores issues and contributes new knowledge to the field of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) (including Guide Dog Mobility).