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"The AccessSTEM website is a space where K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, and employers learn to make classroom and employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) accessible to individuals with disabilities, and share promising practices."
Dr. Bruce shares examples of action research studies that were conducted at Perkins School for the Blind.Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
A project developed between Penrickton Center for the Blind in Michigan, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides resources and a community of practice around the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen and Active Learning. The site includes discussion of Active Learning principles, assessment, implementation, materials, equipment, and other events and resources. Active Learning is most effective for those with significant multiple disabilities and in the 0-48 month developmental level.
This is an excerpt from Dr. Lilli Nielsen's book, Early Learning Step by Step. It outlines her Active Learning Approach and explains the importance of the learning environment for childen with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.Source: Future Reflections, 2004, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Chapter 5, “Activities for the Young Baby.” This chapter from the Hesperian Foundation book, Helping Children Who Are Blind, focuses on helping babies to trust people and their surroundings, respond to sounds, and develop motor skills.Source: Hesperian Foundation
These activities integrate literacy into a preschooler's play, storytime, and daily activities.Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Outlines Head Start policy and practice for accommodating and integrating children with disabilities into its programs.Source: HeadStart
Evolving Universe and Feel the Impact are NASA astronomy modules adapted for students with visual impairments. Both include alternate student texts and tactile graphics cards. The SEE Project develops "Braille / tactile … space science activities and observing programs that actively engage blind and visually impaired students from elementary grades through introductory college level in space science."Source: Initiative to Develop Education though Astronomy and Space Science (IDEAS)
Physical education teachers learn what they "should keep in mind when working with a student with a visual impairment," including a list of instructional strategies and suggested modifications of the environment.Source: PELinks4U
This site provides information about how to become an adapted physical education instructor, how IEPs are tied to Physical Education, the role of the adapted phys. ed. teacher, national standards and certification, and adapted physical education for students who are blind or visually impaired.Source: PEteacherEDU.org
A range of resources can be found here, including general adaptations, assessment instruments, information for parents, products, and research.Source: PE Central
APENS promotes the standards for adapted physical educators. This site contains information on Adapted Physical Education, including history and related links.
This webinar produced at Perkins explains specific aspects of environmental obstacles, with adaptation tips.Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
This article by Lauren Lieberman offers some important guidelines for developing and adapting activities for people who are deafblind. Specific examples are included.Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
Linda Burkhart outlines the many skills that can be reinforced through adapted play, including cognitive, communication, and fine and gross motor skills. She also offers suggestions for expanding communication skills and interaction through play.Source: Simplified Technology
Practical advice for organizing the kitchen, using appliances, pouring liquids, cooking, and setting the table; includes links to demonstration videos and online classes.Source: Lighthouse International
Making the home environment safe and well organized; focuses on lighting, glare, contrast, organization, and eliminating hazards; available in English and Spanish.Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
These suggestions are aimed at families, but are equally valuable to other caregivers and teachers. Adaptations include strategies to optimize a child's use of vision, using textures and touch to provide clues, enhancing safety, and maximizing organization.Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
This 7-minute video was created by Elina Mullen, Ed.D. and demonstrates different types of equipment for various sports, such as hockey, racquet games, and more.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired