Teaching Resources

This article provides practical advice for maximizing a child's participation, privacy, and comfort when using the bathroom.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Aimed at families and educators, the "Tool Kit brings together the most current and accurate information … designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities."

Source: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

This article includes practical tips for teaching tooth brushing, bathing, hair washing, brushing and combing hair.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Dismissive phrases that exclude people who are deaf-blind from decisions and interactions.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

Developed for students ages 3 to 22, this curriculum focuses on developing life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

Source: Perkins Products

Project SPARKLE lists some of the features of touch which make it a crucial sense to children who are deafblind; includes resources and a glossary.

Source: Project SPARKLE

This information sheet introduces touch cues, including their purpose, examples of their use, considerations, advantages, and disadvantages; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Project SALUTE

This 48-page training package helps community rehabilitation workers and families understand low vision. Explains intervention strategies, mobility, and independent living skills; also in French.

PDF version (illustrated; not accessible to screen readers)

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

NCDB is an information clearinghouse on deafblindness. This site provides links to extensive resources, including a specific transition packet, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and related topics.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.

Dorinda Rife, former Superintendent of Programs and Services at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses the importance of planning for transition by  incorporating necessary skills training into a child's everyday environments, starting from birth.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Although this guide is designed for youth who are deafblind, much of the information is applicable to other youth as well. The materials in the appendices include a extremely helpful worksheets (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Deaf-Blind Program, Center for Disabilities, South Dakota

This brief introduction defines transition and identifies key elements in the process, emphasizing individual initiative and the importance of planning. There are numerous links on the AFB Career Connect site for families and friends, teens, professionals, job seekers, and employers.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

How to develop a functional curriculum for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Emphasis on working with the family and the community; an overview of the Individualized Transition Plans.

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

This collection of webcasts and webinars addressing transition planning can be viewed at no charge, or can be used to earn 40 ACVREP credits for a fee.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Feedback to general education, from the parent of a child with visual impairment.

Source: Future Reflections, National Federation of the Blind

This article explores some of the basic questions to consider when setting up a schedule system with your child.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Barriers to the utilization of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services for individuals with blindness in rural South India.

Source: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

A collection of video demonstrations of daily living skills, featuring students at the Washington school. Many of these clips are also available as PowerPoint presentations and plain text.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind