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These guidelines for Michigan teachers are useful for any educator whose student needs instruction in assistive technology. Includes downloadable checklists in Word and PDF format.Source: Michigan Department of Education
ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology devices and/or services.
ADP lists television programs by network, and gives instructions for enabling the service on home TVs.Source: The Audio Description Project
The charts in this 6-page document by Marilyn and Jay Gense compare typical development, development of children who are blind or visually impaired, and children who have autism as well as visual impairments. The charts focus on communication, social interactions, patterns of behavior, and responses to sensory information.Source: New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Information for families on various aspects of babies and toddlers with visual impairment, including:
Babies Count was first created in 1995 and is the only national database in the US to collect epidemiologic and demographic information on infants and toddlers between the ages of birth and 36 months who are blind or visually impaired. Information from this database has been used to make policy and budget decisions, to expand programs, to drive medical and educational research, and to track the changing face of blindness of children in our country today. The database is currently being reconstructed to reflect the ways that data is collected in the 21st century and to meet the evolving needs of participating agencies.Source: Babies Count
Authors Perla and Ducret explain how the design of an O&M program for students with multiple disabilities should start with understanding the child's most basic needs, such as communication, safety, independence, and consistency.Source: International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Tips for parents on observing skills development, missing or delayed skills in children with visual impairments, and dealing with difficult or challenging behaviors.Source: FamilyConnect
Three behavioral characteristics are commonly found among individuals with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Author John Walters stresses the necessity of understanding the whole person and the function of behaviors before considering intervention.Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
In your education of (and advocacy for) others, you may find these talking points helpful for getting the message across that orientation and mobility are important lifelong learning processes. This link presents both English and Spanish text.Source: Texas School for the Blind and VIsually Impaired
A primer on Large Print standards and practices.Source: The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (an Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind)
In this 11-page document, Sam Morgan describes biobehavioral states and explains why they are important when working with students with profound disabilities.Source: Hunter College
This article introduces two ways to classify states of awareness in "individuals with profound disabilities." (This is a scanned document and is not accessible to screen readers.)
Maylene Bird shares teaching tips on cells, microscopes, diagrams and models, dissecting, and measuring.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This page has links to various biology lessons, a list of errors and omissions in the Holt Biology Book (2004), and diagrams that can be downloaded to accompany the text.Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Overview of bioptic driving requirements, fitting and pricing, with state-by-state laws for bi-optic drivers in the United States.
The "Resources for Parents and Professionals" offers fact sheets with information on six common visual diagnoses, with specific information on eye specialists, vision assessments, effects of vision and behavior, common misconceptions. The Teaching Strategies section will be of particular interest to educators.
Information about blindness, education and development, independent movement and travel, sports, games, and leisure activities can be found on this site.
Blind Cool Tech is produced by computer users who are blind, and has everything from computers to house cleaning, including how to use software, find interesting websites and download MP3 files for free.
Empowers people with disabilities in Bangladesh through income generation, leadership development, education, training and treatment facilities.Source: BERDO