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.

In your education of (and advocacy for) others, you may find these talking points helpful for getting the message across that orientation and mobility are important lifelong learning processes. This link presents both English and Spanish text.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and VIsually Impaired

In this 11-page document, Sam Morgan describes biobehavioral states and explains why they are important when working with students with profound disabilities.

Source: Hunter College

This article introduces two ways to classify states of awareness in "individuals with profound disabilities."

Maylene Bird shares teaching tips on cells, microscopes, diagrams and models, dissecting, and measuring.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This page has links to various biology lessons, a list of errors and omissions in the Holt Biology Book (2004), and diagrams that can be downloaded to accompany the text.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Overview of bioptic driving requirements, fitting and pricing, with state-by-state laws for bi-optic drivers in the United States.

The "Resources for Parents and Professionals" offers fact sheets with information on six common visual diagnoses, with specific information on eye specialists, vision assessments, effects of vision and behavior, common misconceptions. The Teaching Strategies section will be of particular interest to educators.

Information about blindness, education and development, independent movement and travel, sports, games, and leisure activities can be found on this site.

Blind Cool Tech is produced by computer users who are blind, and has everything from computers to house cleaning, including how to use software, find interesting websites and download MP3 files for free.

Empowers people with disabilities in Bangladesh through income generation, leadership development, education, training and treatment facilities.

Source: BERDO

Rick Harmon manages the Geek Zone's lists of helpful resources, including "audio tutorials, gadget demonstrations, useful links and programs, and a community of tech gurus...."

This site features two newspaper articles about "small but significant breakthroughs" in science education for students who are blind: Camp Eureka, a natural history camp in Montana; and a dissection class at Colorado Center for the Blind.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Each vendor at Blind Mice Mega Mall is visually impaired, so when you shop on-line through this website you are benefiting the VI community.  
There is NO fee to sign up to purchase items on Blind Mice Mega Mall.
 
Product selection is wide ranging and can vary by vendor.  We noticed product selection for cooking, outdoors, body care, and food (just to name a few).  Blind Mice Mega Mall also offers descriptive videos.

From the Blind Mice Mega Mall website:

"Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed to operate with screen reader and low vision software! No matter what link is "Clicked", the new page will always be displayed at the top of the web site! 
Just use the keyboard command "Control" + "Home" to jump to the top of Blind Mice Mega Mall (and the old page will be right below it!) It is so quick and easy to navigate & shop at Blind Mice Mega Mall! "

Promotes comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with all categories of disabilities through education, training, employment.  Includes links to numerous online publications.

Source: BPA India

Blind Sailing International is considered the governing body for competitive international sailing for persons who are blind or vision impaired. The Blind Sailing International's site offers general racing rules and boat information.

Source: Blind Sailing International

Cary Supalo shares his strategies for a positive experience in chemistry classes.  He describes the importance of obtaining materials in alternate formats, note-taking, creating three-dimensional models, and working closely with lab technicians, scribes, and readers.

Source: Future Reflections (2002), National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This link takes you directly to Chapter 30 of David Werner’s book, Disabled Village Children. with information about development, mobility, education, work, and social life, as well as vision, eye health, and prevention of blindness; also available in Spanish.

Source: Hesperian Foundation

Resources on various topics and services for individuals with vision impairment, legal blindness or deaf/blindness and intellectual disability.

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Links to data, maps, publications, and information about causes and socioeconomic aspects of blindness and visual impairment.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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