Teaching Resources

Future Reflections (2005) – National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Leslie Seid Margolis provides an overview of extended school year (ESY) services, including federal law and policies, eligibility criteria, building a case for ESY, due process challenges to denial of ESY services, and practical issues.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Eye care specialists and their areas of expertise; includes links to parents' group and other important sources.

Source: FamilyConnect

A wealth of information about eye diseases and conditions, including links to many resources.

Source: New York Institute for Special Education

Understanding the many risks to our eyes at home and in the garden.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Tips for preventing eye injury on the job.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Covers a wide range of topics: eye safety, occupational eye injury statistics, health hazard evaluations and fatality reports, and links to safety publications and other resources.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding specific visual conditions are composed and periodically reviewed by pediatric ophthalmologists and certified orthoptists from the Public Information Committee of AAPOS. For questions or suggestions regarding FAQs please contact us. Some terms are available in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Source: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)

Provides information about eye disease and care, free educational materials; facilitates access to medical eye care.

Interesting features and practical advice on vision care, eye conditions and treatment, glasses, and lenses.

DVI's position paper asserts the need for "appropriate assessment, instruction, and adaptations" and sets guidelines for providing an appropriate education program for students with low vision.

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

This two-page fact sheet provides parents with a basic introduction to IEP goals and objectives, including some specific examples. This link takes you to a reprint of this information in Future Reflections.

Source: Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

ASHA explains the nature of feeding and swallowing disorders, their signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Short videos that give brief overviews about assistive technology in FSDB classrooms, showing how and why the devices support learning. Includes the Braille Notetaker, interactive whiteboards, and Mountbatten braille writer.

Child-driven assessment techniques for working with children who are congenitally deafblind. The author discusses the importance of knowing about the development of vision and hearing skills and possible implications of clinical findings.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

Tips for general education teachers who have a student who is blind or visually impaired in the classroom

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

MasterChef winner Christine Ha and Top Chef Canada champ Carl Heinrich have created this cooking series, produced by Varner Productions Limited, that features chefs with visual impairments.

Source: Accessible Media Inc.

Future Reflections, 2013.

Teacher and consumer Heather Field explains her Hands Only approach for teaching braille to children with low vision.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Chapter from an online book; includes definitions, factors that affect functional vision, a list of eight areas for assessment, and much more.

Source: Low Vision Online

Lists the seven functions that comprise the spectrum of visual functioning.

Source: Scottish Sensory Centre

An explanation of the functional field of vision test, with definitions of terms.

Source: Lea-Test