Teaching Resources

Articles assembled by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, associated with the National Federation of the Blind, Information includes accommodation tips for classroom teachers, understanding the needs of students who are blind.  Articles include:
Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Former president of New Jersey Parents of Blind Children provides detailed advice and recommendations to general education teachers.

Source: "Future Reflections," (1996) National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Practical tips to integrate a child with visual impairments into a preschool classroom

Source: Future Reflections, National Federation of the Blind

Maylene Bird and Karen Poston share ideas for creating a braille diagram of the cell cycle. The article includes step-by-step instructions and photographs of student-created diagrams.

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

Overview of who is involved in the education of children with visual impairments, including the TVI and the classroom teacher

Source: Family Connect

Paths to Literacy addresses the Core Standards in terms of literacy and learning medium

Source: Paths to Literacy

TSBVI shares the revised curriculum approved by the National Agenda Steering Committee.  This document includes complete description of the Expanded Core areas.

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

Phil Hatlen offers an introduction to the Core Curriculum and Expanded Core Curriculum, including information on the delivery of the core curriculum for blind and visually impaired students.

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

Peggy Freeman's comprehensive program of care for parents of babies who are deafblind  with multiple disabilities includes sections on relationships, routines, vision, touch and touching, development of communication, moving/being moved, play, and signing.  Each section offers numerous concrete suggestions for activities to enjoy with your child.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This special issue of Future Reflections is devoted to the first years of a child's life. It includes sections on learning at home, movement and mobility, touch, literacy, and formal education.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

An amusing animated guide to considerate behavior when meeting a person who is blind. The video is in two parts; Clip 2 link here.

Source: Nebraska Center for the Blind

K.C. Dignan provides a comprehensive introduction to the ECC as a chapter in a larger resource for administrators.

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

This website offers introductory information about the ECC, with sections on each of the 9 areas, as well as activity ideas for each.

Source: TeachingVisuallyImpaired.com

This tip sheet by Cheryl Gannon provides an overview of the core and expanded core curricula, including a look at who is responsible for the implementation of ECC.

Source: NH Professional Development Center for Vision Education

This presentation by Kathleen M. Huebner explores the challenges itinerant teachers face in providing instruction in all of the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.  She offers strategies for making the best use of available time. Download of the original PowerPoint presentation is also available here.

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

This article explains the critical importance of establishing a predictable sequence of activities in the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This document by Sharon Nichols offers a basic introduction to IEPs, including who is responsible for developing the IEP, what must be on it, what information must be considered as the IEP is developed, and the role parents can play on the team.

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

The Legal Framework is a template that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic. The Legal Framework includes an A-Z index, frameworks, a glossary of special education terms and acronyms, links to statutes, citations, websites, guidance and resources. Multiple features are translated into Spanish; however, legal citations reflect English only.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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

NIMAS is a national technical standard that requires learning materials be made accessible to students with print disabilities as quickly as possible. All NIMAS sources are easily converted into braille, audio, large print, and digital text. 

Source: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials