Teaching Resources

Future Reflections (2002).

Bernhard Beck-Winchatz asserts that "there is nothing a blind person could not do as well" in the field of astronomy. He co-developed Touch the Universe – A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy, which makes Hubble Space Telescope images accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This site is a resource for O&M Specialist's to use for creative lesson plans to teach their students.

This section of AER's website has information about the skills and responsibilities of O&M Specialists, a list of training programs, a job exchange, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.

Source: Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

This is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. It includes sections on exploring careers, making connections, finding a job, succeeding at work, and personal stories.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (ACB)

Guidelines for making hospital stays as comfortable as possible for patients who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Vision Australia

This article explores the pros and cons of surgery, with information about procedures, outcomes, and recovery.

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

CELL is committed to the adoption of evidence-based early literacy learning practices, with information for parents, educators, and researchers.

Information about CHARGE Syndrome, including special resource packets for new parents and professionals, a one-page fact sheet, a list of frequently asked questions, a newsletter, information on medical management, and online resources.

A young person's transition into the adult world may require planning specific to his or her condition. In this webcast, Wendy Bridgeo shares teaching strategies for helping students with CHARGE Syndrome achieve success in meaningful work environments.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

This site contains information on child development, including developmental screening and positive parenting tips.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Practical suggestons for general education teachers who have students who are blind or visually impaired in their classrooms

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

"Collaborative Assessment is designed to help school psychologists, … teachers, and allied professionals to understand the impact of visual impairment on the assessment process…." Written by the assessment team at the California School for the Blind, this PowerPoint is accompanied by a transcript of the training session.

Source: Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

An overview of visual impairments, with tips on how to succeed in college, as well as information about scholarships and assistive technology for students with visual impairments.

Source: Online Colleges

Author Jill Green, is a Senior Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at the College Board. Here she explains how students with visual impairments can get the testing accommodations they need.

Source: Future Reflections, Winter 2014

Colorado's state standards are listed here for grades K-12; a glossary and references are included.

A discussion of Smarter Balanced and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) field tests that align with Common Core State Standards.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

APH provides links to resources with information and guidance in implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)

Tara Mason, TVI, M.Ed explains the elements that make the Common Core State Standards different from previous state standards, and the challenges they present for students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins eLearning

The Common Core Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State Common Core implementation.  It is not specifically designed for students with visual impairments.

Source: Engage NY

A dictionary of common medical conditions that cause visual impairment in the U.S., explained in non-clinical language accessible to the layperson.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)