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In this webcast, Stephen Perreault of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults discusses the often sensitive issue of the relationship between the parents of a child with disabilities and the professionals who serve and educate the child.Source: Perkins eLearning Webcasts
This 13-page document offers advice for preschool teachers for accommodating a child who is blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities.Source: Department of Education, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada)
Although the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment increases with age, most surveys of ocular disease do not include nursing home residents.Source: New England Journal of Medicine
Download the full text of The Rehabilitation Act.Source: U.S. Department of Education
The critical role of the TVI in education of children with visual impairments. This is a position paper from the Division on Visual Impairments, Council of Exceptional Children by Susan Jay Spungin and Kay Alicyn Ferrell.
The introductory paragraph reads: Infants, children, and youth with visual impairments receive special education and related services in a variety of settings that bring them into contact with a range of personnel. A critical member of this team of professionals is the teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), whose specialized training and experience establish him or her as the individual best qualified to address the unique learning needs created by a visual impairment. Because of recent legislation mandating highly qualified general and special education teachers, however, there is often confusion about the role, functions, and responsibilities of the TSVI.Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)
A rehabilitation program in Brazil that fosters collaboration between the home and school to teach children daily living skills.Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
This article defines the role of Orientation and Mobility in the terms of Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Schools for the blind in China and their role as regional Educational Resource Centres.
A simple listing of developmental expectations for orientation and mobility, and environmental supports for reaching these goals.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
This website provides support for siblings of people who have special developmental or mental health needs. The project provides workshops, resources, and opportunities for siblings of all ages to connect with each other.
Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO of the World Blind Union (WBU), presents an overview of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the challenges faced in ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast
Sarah K. Bradley "reviews the history of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), discusses benefits of athletic participation, and provides USABA contact information"; available in English and Spanish. Explains the requirements of the braille instruction provision in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Large-print information for adults experiencing vision loss due to diabetes.Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
A list of travel skills, particularly with public transportation, which can be next-step goals for older children. Also available in Spanish.Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
This tutorial presents two webcast interviews with Dr. van Dijk, in which he explains and demonstrates his educational theories. Continuing education credits can be purchased, but the videos are available freely.Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
Wanda L. Ritter discusses some of the benefits of horseback riding for children who are blind or visually impaired. She includes questions to ask when choosing a riding program.Source: Future Reflections, 19(1), 2000 National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
What parents should know about visual efficiency, visual fields and visual self-sufficiency.Source: FamilyConnect
Helpful tips for people who have limited experience interacting with people who are blind or visually impaired.Source: Vision Australia
Written as a letter to a teacher who will be having a student with visual impairments in the classroomSource: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)