Teaching Resources

This US Government institute's site provides definitions, illustrations, causes of blindness, and advice on when to contact a medical professional.

Source: National Institute of Health

This vision screening RTF document includes sections on general history, possible signs of visual impairment, vision screening procedures, and criteria for referral to an ophthalmologist.

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

Understanding terminology and measurements, including 20/20, visual acuity, optical infinity, the size of a 20/20 letter, and much more.

Source: Ted Montgomery

Quick answers to common questions.

Source: American Optometric Association

A checklist for assessing a student's ability to use an alternative communication system that requires some vision. (PDF file)

Source: Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

Luisa Mayer, Ph.D., an internationally known specialist in visual field/functional vision testing describes strategies for assessing field loss and interpreting assessment results. A good explanation of visual field loss and impacts for laypersons and parents as well.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Statistics and distribution data on global blindness.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

WSSB’s Distance Learning Project provides digital/online curriculum for WSSB students, with additional programs for students outside of WSSB. The program also provides training for teachers and others in the field who work with students with visual impairments, and is a comprehensive resource for families and others for information about assistive technology.

Information about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how it can help some children modify unwanted behaviors.

Source: PsychologyDegreeGuide.org

Advice for seniors on the low vision examination, questions to be prepared for, low vision aids likely to be prescribed, and services that help after diagnosis.

Source: VisionAware

Understanding how disability affects people in villages, small towns, and cities, and the role of community-based rehabilitation in delivering services; in simplified language.

Source: Independent Living Institute

An overview of diabetes.

Source: VisionAware

Director of Outreach Cyral Miller offers an overview of the Expanded Core Curriculum; available in English and Spanish.

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

Jean Bugbee shares her experiences using the Active Learning Approach with her adopted daughter, Renee.

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Advice on preparing for a child's eye exam, what to expect, and steps to take after the exam.

Source: FamilyConnect

This article lists some of the ways in which children with a visual impairment learn about the world around them. Specific suggestions are included on activities to encourage growth and development.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Suggestions for baking and using the stove top.

Source: Iowa Department for the Blind

Diane Evrard and Lisa Reale from the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children discuss the importance of considering visual, motor, and cognitive skills when designing communication programs. AAC assessment, intervention, and prioritization of skill development are discussed. This webinar, presented in 2 parts, includes video case studies of children at different levels of communicative skill.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Guidelines for treating people with blindness courteously and considerately.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

This article by David Wiley and Kate Moss “discusses the importance of building highly motivating instructional elements into daily programming in order to improve the students’ openness to instruction.”

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