Teaching Resources

The mission of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is the "enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination." Information on registering to participate in the Center research. Most materials are aimed at professionals.

Source: Mississippi State University (MSU-NRTC)

Sandra Lewis of Florida State University authored this position paper proposing functional skills lessons within classroom instruction.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (CECDVI)

This checklist is divided into separate domains and arranged in developmental sequence from birth to six years.  Skill areas include cognitive, language, compensatory, self-help, fine motor, and gross motor (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Southern Oregon Education Service District

The critical role of the TVI in education of children with visual impairments. This is a position paper from the Division on Visual Impairments, Council of Exceptional Children by Susan Jay Spungin and Kay Alicyn Ferrell.

The introductory paragraph reads: Infants, children, and youth with visual impairments receive special education and related services in a variety of settings that bring them into contact with a range of personnel. A critical member of this team of professionals is the teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), whose specialized training and experience establish him or her as the individual best qualified to address the unique learning needs created by a visual impairment. Because of recent legislation mandating highly qualified general and special education teachers, however, there is often confusion about the role, functions, and responsibilities of the TSVI.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)

A rehabilitation program in Brazil that fosters collaboration between the home and school to teach children daily living skills.

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

A simple listing of developmental expectations for orientation and mobility, and environmental supports for reaching these goals.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO of the World Blind Union (WBU), presents an overview of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the challenges faced in ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

This tutorial presents two webcast interviews with Dr. van Dijk, in which he explains and demonstrates his educational theories. Continuing education credits can be purchased, but the videos are available freely.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

What parents should know about visual efficiency, visual fields and visual self-sufficiency.

Source: FamilyConnect

Helpful tips for people who have limited experience interacting with people who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Vision Australia

Written as a letter to a teacher who will be having a student with visual impairments in the classroom

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

This one-page tip sheet identifies key components of best practices, including functional age-appropriate curricula, inclusion, behavior issues, transition planning, and parent involvement.

Source: Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project

6 things to remember when interacting with people with visual impairments

Source: ZOOMAX

Using these guidelines makes print more legible for individuals with visual impairments; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Teachers will find many practical suggestions for incorporating braille into a regular classroom. Projects, games, and activities designed to introduce sighted students to braille and help them feel comfortable with their classmates who are blind.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Simple techniques and precautions to make kitchen tasks safer and easier; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Tips for general educators who are preparing their classroom for a braille reader

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

Life's enriching qualities can be overlooked in the teaching of foundational life and learning skills. Teachers can learn to integrate Quality of Life skills into the subjects they are already teaching, in order to help students gain skills that will help them have a good quality of life now and into the future.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

Geerat J. Vermeij describes his experiences as a blind scientist and a nationally recognized marine biologist.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

Kent Moreno lists a protocol for toilet training individuals who have a developmental disability, including data collection, the development of a schedule, cueing, and making the experience in the bathroom a positive one.

Source: Down Syndrome: Health Issues