Teaching Resources

Downloadable worksheets and assessment tools for determining a student's O&M needs and goals.

Source: Michigan Department Of Education/Low Incidence Outreach

This overview of O&M services includes information about sighted-guide techniques, white canes, and a list of Do's and Don'ts.

Source: Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)

O&MSRS is a tool for assessing a students needs and abilities, and designing an appropriate O&M program. The O&MSRS+ is for students with additional disabilities.

Melvin Marx modifies applications in the foundational blue textbook, Orientation and Mobility Techniques, in order to serve his first encounter with a deafblind student.

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

American Foundation for the Blind maintains a list of organizations offering financial support for qualifying individuals and academic programs.  Browse them here.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

An outline for teaching Nemeth code. She includes strategies for teaching young adults who are newly blind and adults who are new to Nemeth. Links to learning resources are provided. 

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

Dr. Stephanie MacFarland, who specializes in training teachers of students with multiple disabilities, outlines van Dijk's learning theory for children who are deafblind.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Parent Susan Singler shares how good grooming and physical appearance were important to her son's socialization and acceptance, starting with his first months of life.

Source: FamilyConnect

Collection of resources compiled for use in a three-year study on parent-child physical activity intervention among families of children with visual impairments.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

This interactive site includes background information on transition planning, preparing for work, and independent living, as well as activities, resources, and blog posts related to a range of transition topics.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Perkins' preschool program assesses each child's needs and creates an individualized program of education, teaming with clinical specialists and with parents on a coordinated home-school program.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This page provides an overview of Person Centered Planning, with a significant number of online resources.

Source: Pacer Center

This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

This webcast, presented by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, presents an overview of the Person-Centered Planning process and how this tool can benefit students and their families as they prepare for the transition from school-to-work. Two parents also discuss their experiences with the transition process.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Harvey Mar and Karen Goehl present the PHASES Project, an approach to the assessment of students with deafblindness that emphasizes evaluation in natural contexts and situations. 

Source: Indiana Deafblind Services Project

Educator and Researcher Phil Hatlen outlines benefits of the Expanded Core (ECC) for parents and professionals. Also available in Spanish.

Source: FamilyConnect

This article explains how to organize the path to developmental milestones as simple, teachable steps.

Source: WonderBaby.org

At this site parents can learn specific tactics to try with children who are reluctant to eat certain foods or textures.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games.

In this section, we'll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Source: Vision Aware