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.

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)

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

APH has recently released a new math app!

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.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) maintains an archive of webcast and video presentations on assistive technology devices, including some discontinued products. Most webcasts are available in Powerpoint, Word transcripts, or audio. 

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

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.

Susan Boswell and Debbie Gray outline the steps in toilet training, including assessment, physical structure, establishing a routine and communication system, and troubleshooting. A list of children's books about toilet training is included.

Source: Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative includes community-based groups and local affiliates of national agencies, museums and other arts-related organizations, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, national and international advocacy groups, and blind, visually impaired, and sighted art enthusiasts.

Source: Art Beyond Sight

Making arts and cultural events accessible to all, including advice for creating accessibility policies, outreach, marketing, and physical accommodations. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: The Kennedy Center/VSA Arts

Your vision may have changed, but it's unlikely your imagination has! Simple everyday arts and crafts can be inspired by any product, any experience, at any time. Here are some ideas to try if you are blind or have low vision.

Source: Vision Aware

JAN has the answers to your questions about ADA regulations, workplace accommodations, advocacy and accessibility. JAN is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, in the U.S. Department of Labor

Assessing vision as part of an early intervention program for infants and children who have additional or multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI).

Source: Scottish Sensory Centre

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