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.

The ALT-VI training module presents an overview of current vision technologies that can provide students, who are visually impaired or blind, with effective and independent means of accessing e-text.

Source: Special Education Technology, British Columbia (SET-BC)

The NCEO website provides information about alternate assessment, including state policies, publications and other resources, and a section on alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Source: National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

This Tactile Astronomy section of Amazing Space features a library of selected Hubble images that can be printed in a tactile format.  It opened in celebration of Hubble's 20th Anniversary, on April, 2010. Images can be easily printed on microcapsule paper and "puffed" in a thermal fuser. These specially prepared PDFs include braille headings and embedded text for screen readers that describes the featured celestial object and what astronomers are learning about it optimized for low-vision users and screen readers. Tactile Astronomy also includes a "special projects" section that currently features the limited-edition Tactile Carina Nebula booklet, a 17-by-11–inch color image embossed with lines, slashes, and other markings that correspond to objects within the nebula’s fantasy landscape of bubbles, valleys, mountains, and pillars.

If you have questions about our tactile Hubble images or the Tactile Astronomy site, please send an e-mail to: tactile@stsci.edu

Definition of amblyopia, causes and treatment

Source: Prevent Blindness America

A program for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities shares its objectives, activities, methods, information on financial resources, and its impact on families; also in Spanish.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Information for people with age-related macular degeneration, their families, caregivers, and professionals.

An introduction to age-related macular degeneration, with an overview of promising treatments and suggestions on living with the disease.

Source: Prevent Blindness America

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop provides links to career exploration, including self-assessments and employment trends. It also includes sections on Education and Training, Resumes and Interviews, Salary and Benefits, Job Search, and People and Places.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Source: AAHPERD

AAHPERD is "the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle."

AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as other publications. They have a large number of programs designed to bring science literacy to all. They have resources for businesses, scientists, teachers, and students. One of their many endeavors, Project 2061 has developed highly regarded science curriculum benchmarks. The AAAS signature program is called Entrypoint, providing internship opportunities in science, engineering, math, computer science and some fields of business for students with disabilities. Many program alumni are now working in the science fields.

AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deafblind Americans and their supporters.

ABBA seeks to "promote interest in bowling activities among legally blind men and women in North America;" their newsletter is published three times per year and is available here in electronic format.

Source: American Blind Bowling Association

ABSF is committed to serving blind and visually impaired children and adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence and independence that can last a lifetime.

Source: American Blind Skiing Foundation

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who ensure the quality of camp programs. As a leading authority in child development, the ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.

Source: American Camp Association

The ACB "strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

Source: American Council of the Blind (ACB)
The Advocacy and Governmental Affairs staff of ACB (the American Council of the Blind) advocate on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired.  Efforts are focused on issues related to accessibility and health care, with information on legislative action, policy and more.
 
For more information, see: https://acb.org/content/advocacy
 

AFB provides a wealth of information and services to people who are blind or visually impaired, and their families, and for the professionals who serve them.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Windows, Quicktime, and Flash format videos are provided for magnifiers, transcribing software, writing devices, tape players, talking book players, talking calculators, screen magnifiers and readers, OCR systems, PDAs, and optical devices. Browse for the desired brand on the AFB "Using Technology" area.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

AHA promotes therapeutic riding as a "treatment strategy … for people living with disabilities. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being."

Source: American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)

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