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.

This 190-page report describes "the experiences of youth with disabilities … in their first 2 years out of high school." Their findings indicated that "up to 2 years after leaving high school, almost 8 in 10 out-of-school youth with disabilities have been engaged in postsecondary education, paid employment, or training to prepare them for employment." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: National Longitudinal Transition Study

Identifies various types of transition assessment, guidelines for conducting an assessment, and criteria for selection of assessment tools.

Source: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

This document helps parents prepare their children for legal majority. It explains guardianship, the transfer of rights, and considerations about graduation.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

An overview, including signs and symptoms, an online video exploring adaptive technology, and additional resources.

Source: VisionAware

Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, and suggestions for living with it.

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

An exploration of the global prevalence of age-related macular degeneration.

Source: Vision 2020

Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, and suggestions for living with it.

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

General information about vision loss and older adults, including basic statistics, the impact of vision loss on health and well-being, and information on age-related eye diseases.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Eye diseases and disorders and what can be done to protect vision; available in English and Spanish.

Source: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

This article lists the symptoms of vision loss in older people with developmental disabilities, and discusses the importance of getting appropriate services.

Source: disAbilityNavigator
The SETI Institute’s NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program seeks to engage learners of all ages in NASA's science education programs and activities.
Visit their website to learn about new research, upcoming events, and resources for educators and students related to astronomy and the study of life in the universe.


The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText, ZoomText USB, the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, and ZoomText Express. Try out some of their user-support materials below:

A 10-page table that illustrates evidence-based practices that support implementation of in-school predictors of post-school success.

Source: NTACT

In this PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Mary Zatta talks about bringing a student's educational plan into alignment with state's curricular requirements, with specific examples from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

An overview of the service and how to get access to it. This page also offers many links to further information.

Source: The Audio Description Project

The history and structure of braille, with attention to the issues of learning braille as an adult; includes a discussion of finger sensitivity, and alternatives to braille.

Source: VisionAware

OSHA standards and procedures for protecting the eyes in the workplace.

Source: ISHN (Industrial Safety & Hygiene News)

Read the full page of resources here, and browse the links below for additional information specific to children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind, or who have additional disabilities including visual impairment.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (formerly NICHCY)