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.

Basic description of nystagmus, FAQs, information for parents of school-age children with the condition.

The American Printing House for the Blind is the world's largest producer of books and products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired K-12 students in the U.S.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); includes information on visual impairment.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); includes information on visual impairment.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

This film, created by Cory Tomascoff, tells about two young women with disabilities who rely on assistive devices.

Source: Adaptive Design Association

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.

A good explanation of the types of cataracts and their effects on vision.

Source: VisionAware

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: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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

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