Early Childhood Resources

Because a great deal of an infant's learning is through the visual mode, it's important to understand the effect of visual impairment on child development. Find out what types of intervention are most effective during these crucial formative years. Materials for older students can be found under the appropriate categories.

Access World is an AFB publication with product comparisons and reviews of assistive technology for people with visual impairments; archives are fully searchable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Access-Able Travel Source is dedicated to aiding travelers with disabilities and the mature traveler. The data base has not only accessible accommodations, but everything to make a trip fun and exciting. We have information about scuba diving for persons withall types of disabilities. There are accessible safaris, sailing, raft trips and even a place where you can learn to sky sail. The basis of Access-Able is to emphasize the positive. Includes information about transportation, accommodations, attractions, adventures, travel resources, equipment rental, repair, medical, travel agents, airports, and cruises.

Source: Acess-able.com

This is a catalog of audio-described videos available for purchase.

Source: Media Access Group at WGBH

A selected list of museums with exhibit consideration for people who are blind or visually impaired, such as touch-tours and multi-sensory exhibits

Source: New York Public Library

R.G. Baldwin shares ideas about making physics concepts accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.  He is a Professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX and is interested in helping students with visual impairments overcome barriers when studying science.  The materials on this site are intended to supplement an introductory Physics class in high school or college.  Topics include:

  • Motion
  • Force
  • Energy
  • Angular Momentum

The site also includes information about creating tactile graphics and links to using supplemental materials, such as a graphing board, protractor, etc.

Students who are blind should not be excluded from physics courses because of inaccessible textbooks. The modules in this collection present physics concepts in a format that students with visual impairments can read using accessibility tools, such as an audio screen reader and an electronic line-by-line braille display. These modules are intended to supplement and not to replace the physics textbook.

Source: Richard Baldwin

This free downloadable podcatcher is a tool for finding, downloading, archiving, and sharing poscasts.

This interactive website is full of practical ideas for hands-on lessons, resources, materials, and more. Subscribe to the blog, ask questions, and share your ideas with an online community of practice of educators interested in making science accessible to students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Pinterest is a popular social media platform that is a virtual bulletin board. It allows users to "pin" images from websites to "boards" on particular topics, allowing users to organize ideas and resources in a way that works best for them.  We have created a "board" for Accessible Science on Pinterest and hope that you will explore it!  Follow the board, so that you will hear about the most recent activities, resources and blog posts on our Accessible Science website!

While the boards are visual in nature, the text descriptions are searchable and serve as alternative text descriptions.

Visit us at https://www.pinterest.com/pathstoliteracy/accessible-science/

This section of the interactive website includes information about products and instructional materials for teaching science to students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

In this webcast, Perkins science teacher Kate Fraser outlines teaching strategies and adaptations to make science lessons and activities accessible to students who are visually impaired. Find even more resources more at the Perkins Accessible Science website.

Source: Webcast, Perkins School for the Blind

This free online resource provides information about accessibility, assistive technology, education policy, and more.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Aimed at parents, this page provides a brief overview of the challenges facing teenagers with visual impairment who are studying geography and history.

Source: Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Martha Majors, of the Perkins Deafblind Program, defines literacy for students with blindness, deafblindness, or additional disabilities. and explores alignment of the curriculum with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: In Touch, 2008, New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects

"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."

This free bi-monthly electronic journal reviews and critiques assistive technology products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The archives are searchable and downloadable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This free bi-monthly electronic journal reviews and critiques assistive technology products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The archives are searchable and downloadable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Adapted Curriculum Enhancement (ACE) seeks to provide research-based educational products and services for students with visual impairments.  Their website offers some hands-on activities on topics such as:

  • Spongy Universe
  • Dynamic Universe
  • Tracing Origins Thought Experiments
  • Feel the Impact

The materials include tactile files, audio files, and student text.

Acorn Naturalists offers a host of 3-D models appropriate for students with visual impairment.

 

The following is from the Acorn Naturalists website:

This site is filled with ideas and tools for planning your programs, enriching your curriculum, and getting children interested in science and nature. Acorn Naturalists' resources are designed to add depth, zest, and inspiration to your programs. This year, our 26th, we've added hundreds of new products, including replicas, hands-on activity kits, field equipment, interpretive tools, curricula, and other engaging resources.

Who we are...

Acorn Naturalists was started over a quarter century ago by two educators interested in developing and distributing high quality resources for the trail and classroom. The founders are still involved on a daily basis, working closely with a dedicated and informed staff. 

 

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

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