Teaching Resources

Demonstrates strategies for teaching social skills to students who are visually impaired on a level equivalent with their peers.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

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)

"Social Thinking," developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, teaches social skills within a framework of interdependency and relationship, by showing that social interactions can be taught, and are critically important to a happy and satisfying life for everyone.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

Dr. Virginia Bishop offers practical guidelines for professionals who do vision screening with young children.

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

The New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York, is a hands-on science museum that is designed to improve people's understanding of science and technology through exhibits, programs, and various media. Learn more about some of the accessibility features of this museum in this article.

Source: Access World, American Federation of the Blind (AFB)

This site focuses on Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS), offering information, photos, and links to numerous articles describing the program.

This site features recordings of space phenomena, exploration missions and SPACEthoughts, addressing questions about the vastness of the universe.

Source: Spacesounds.com

Resources offered by SET-BC, a program of the Canadian Ministry of Education, include Tech Tutorials on Access, Communication, Differentiation, Learning, and Vision.

Source: Special Education Technology British Columbia

Perkins provides a series of webcasts that explore in-depth the special educational, developmental, and social issues for individuals with CHARGE Syndrome. This link takes you to a landing page of webcasts, and 2 tutorial offerings for continuing education credits.

Source: Perkins eLearning

In this 26-page PDF document, the Coalition sets out the basic standards for audio description, with adaptations for description of live events, video, and museums and exhibits.

Source: Audio Descriptions Coalition

A resource guide for parents, teachers, and administrators, who want to address the unique curricular needs of the learner who is visually impaired, in compliance with the Arizona State Standards.

Source: AER Arizona

This series of videos provides information on how to use the “sighted guide technique” to guide someone with vision loss while working, as well as how to offer assistance in various situations.  Videos include: Step 1: Introduction to Sighted Guide; Step 2: Basic Sighted Guide Techniques; Step 3: Going Through Doors; Step 4: Seating; Step-by-Step: Other Useful Guiding Tips; Step-by-Step: Safety; Step-by-Step: Additional Guiding Tips.

Source: CNIB

24-page document has practical suggestions for early intervention, and strategies for pre-school, elementary, and high school; includes students with multiple disabilities.

Source: Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

This guide focuses on the development of student portfolios to document "accomplishments, needed adaptations, modifications, and accommodations, including transition to the next environment or postsecondary environments." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Kansas State Board of Education

This article includes general facts regarding braille students, as well as classroom considerations.

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

This article provides specific suggestions to help children develop eating skills and independence at mealtime.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Seven young adults, all of whom are blind or visually impaired, were invited by PRCVI to share their experiences and insights about life before and after grade 12. Scroll down the page to find the audio of their talks.

Source: Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology

This site offers a wealth of practical information about communicating with individuals who don't use abstract symbols or a formal language system. Topics include setting up a system, constructing tangible symbols, and tips from the field.

Source: Design to Learn

Charity Rowland and Philip Schweigert provide an in-depth introduction to tangible symbol systems in this downloadable PDF of their book, including their purpose, receptive and expressive communication, getting started, and monitoring progress.

Source: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) – Ideas that Work, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilitie

This introduction to tangible symbols includes a definition, examples, considerations, and a list of advantages and disadvantages; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Project SALUTE

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