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.

Dr. Jan van Dijk describes his educational approach, including the topics of attachment and the development of communication.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Peruvian teachers describe the history of inclusive education in their country and identify some of its challenges.

Stacy Shafer outlines some of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's recommendations for designing a learning environment for a child with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.

Source: Future Reflections, 2005, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

What is Orientation and Mobility (O&M)? VisionAware provides this overview of the concepts and the professionals who provide this training.

Source: VisionAware

Suggestions for creating tactile teaching aids, including clocks, a geometry kit, tactile maps, globe, chemical equation tiles, and more.

Source: Eyeway.org (India)

An interactive animated dictionary illustrating the workings of the human eye.

Source: LensShopper

Describes the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human eye; includes graphics, photos, and information about medications.

Source: Ted M. Montgomery, O.D.

A listing of accessibility features on Android-compatible smartphones, with Settings information for customizing a device.

Information about aniridia and living with the condition.

Ann Gelles shares a series of animal stories designed to teach contractions to beginning braille readers. "Students are introduced to … whole word contractions and short form words as they learn and practice the alphabet."

Source: California School for the Blind

APH maintains program statistics on children with visual impairments, including types of schools/programs in which they are educated, and their preferred learning medium (braille, print, auditory).

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

The APH report was conducted in 2005-2006 to analyze mathematics research and studies that meet the criteria for evidence-based practice.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

This list compiled by the American Printing House includes recorded presentations and interviews going back to August 2005. Links here launch a player to listen online

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

The Quick Tips video series provides weekly ideas (under 5 minutes) for incorporating American Printing House for the Blind (APH) resources into your lessons. Bookmark this idea bank and visit often!

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

APH offers templates for producing tactile graphics in numerous fields including science.  New graphics are added regularly and the user can sign up easily for a free account.  

From the APH site:

Finding tactile graphics templates is now easier than ever!

APH’s Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL) contains a pool of well-designed templates to aid with the creation of tactile graphics. TGIL 2.0 features improvements that make the website more accessible and more intuitive. Also, we have added a forum for tactile graphic discussions to aid in your design and production needs. All you need to do is register to begin using the free Image Library to find tactile graphic templates that can be enhanced for your needs.

Apple features the assistive technology built into its products as standard features — at no additional cost. For more information, visit the AppleVis website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Source: Apple

Apple picking is a seasonal sensory experience that can be fun for kids of all abilities!

Source: Sensory Sun

This site is designed to empower users of Apple products who are blind or visually impaired.  This includes the range of Mac computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and related applications.

The ARC of Massachusetts has a comprehensive webpage on Advocacy and Self-Advocacy.  While a number of the resources are specific to Massachusetts, much of the information is applicable to residents of other states as well.