Teaching Resources

A functional vision assessment helps parents understand their child's visual abilities and how to make the most of them in various settings.

Source: Vision Australia

A bibliography of materials on functional vision; some include online text.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

A teacher's list of materials to assemble to create assessment kits; one for readers and one for students who don't yet read.

Source: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Chris Tabb offers tips on encouraging purposeful movement, developing sensory efficiency, and grasping concepts as lessons of O&M for students with significant disabilities.

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

Slovenian teacher Roman Brvar outlines considerations for teaching geography to students with a visual impairment, including educational materials and teaching methods.

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

Organized by grade level, the topics include the Amazon, Mexico, Gaza, Okavango, Tarantulas, the White House, and Wildlife Refuges.

Source: National Geographic Society

The 6-foot relief globe in the Perkins History Museum was made for the school's students in 1837, and may be the oldest such globe in the United States.

Source: Perkins History Museum, Perkins School for the Blind

This page describes the book Touch the Sun, which allows blind and visually impaired students to experience images of the sun and solar activity by feeling transparent raised textures bonded to the pictures.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Accompanied by a one-hour video, this tutorial shows how to calculate optimum print size for a student, and discusses optical and non-optical methods of magnification. 1.5 CE or ACVREP credits available.

Source: Perkins eLearning (Tutorial/Webinar)

Parents can learn practical tips to help their babies with visual impairments develop normal sleep patterns.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

The joys of woodworking. Includes safety tips. 

Source: Vision Aware

Listing of eye conditions, with introductory information and links to support organizations and more information.

Source: VisionAware

Psychologist offers suggestions to address sleeping challenges for children who are blind or visually impaired in this video webcast

Source: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins eLearning

Includes visual screening importance, guidelines, and procedures.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Descriptionkey.org provides guidelines for using descriptive language in educational materials.  This link from AFB provides context for the guidelines and history of their adoption.  You can find many more materials on education under the topic Education for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairments.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This 42-page PDF manual is excellent for families, administrators, and general education teachers who need to understand how educational services are delivered to students with visual impairments 

Source: Virginia Department of Education

This handbook presents a step-by-step process for creating an accessible arts program for people with visual impairments. Each module contains an overview, practical considerations, agendas, checklists, troubleshooting tips and funding strategies.

Source: Art Beyond Sight Collaborative

This site describes Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy, which uses embossed images of planets, nebulae, stars, and galaxies to make it accessible to readers who are blind and visually impaired. The site includes released images, text, videos, Fast Facts, and related links.

Source: HubbleSite

Contains A-Z information on diseases and disorders of the eye, basic eye anatomy, and eye care resources; also available in Spanish.

Source: National Eye Institute (NEI)

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities offering information on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

Source: National Youth Transitions Center