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 "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)

"...[D]escribes the variety of state infrastructures and programs ... that serve children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. Information was collected through a brief survey distributed to all state education agencies...."  Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: National Association of State Director of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE)

Links to a variety of educational resources, including the following topics: Blindness; Braille Literacy; Deaf-Blindness; Disabilities; Eye Conditions; Organizations - United States; Organizations - International; Resources Supporting AT Technology; Vendors.

Source: New York Institute for Special Education

Statistics are drawn from AFB and U.S. government sources, and organized by age, ethnicity, geography, and more

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Statistics are drawn from AFB and U.S. government sources, and organized by age, ethnicity, geography, and more.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Download this outline of the WBU’s comprehensive plan for the socio-economic integration of people with blindness, including a strategy for poverty reduction. From the General documents page, click the title Blindness, Poverty, and Development from the Development committee.

Source: World Blind Union (WBU)

A video presentation by braille expert Frances Mary D'Andrea, from the PA Low Incidence Institute 2013. This video is presented in two 1-hour parts. Transcript and slide downloadables are available for both parts.

Part 2 link is here.

Source: Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Bookshare provides accessible books without a fee for students with print disabiities. Students with visual impairment can access both textbooks and books for personal reading through Bookshare. 

The following description is from the Bookshare website: 

Bookshare® is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. More than 425,000 people in 70 countries have access to Bookshare's collection of over 460,000 titles. More than 820 U.S. and international publishers contribute to our social mission by donating their digital files, making it possible for Bookshare to serve users around the world and ensuring that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers. 

Bookshare® opens up the world of reading for people with print disabilities.

If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help!

Our books are “accessible,” which means you can read our books many different ways.

Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, people of all ages, as well as schools and many organizations around the globe can access the books they need for school, work, career advancement, skill development and the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.

How can you read Bookshare books?

  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser


Textbooks for Science 

The following are steps to download a science textbook from Bookshare for a student. Only the teacher sponsor (TVI) is able to asssign a textbook. The student can't assign it to himself.

Please see the Bookshare website for more detailed info:

Basic Steps for Bookshare:

  1. The TVI becomes a sponsor for Bookshare
  2. The TVI adds the student to a roster on Bookshare
  3. The TVI assigns the NIMAC book (textbook) to the student's account.
  4. The student searches for the book.  It will appear on his account once assigned by the teacher.
  5. Either the TVI or the student can download the book. If the student has his/ her own electronic device, it is usually preferable for him to download the book.  If not, the teacher can download it for him and save it to a thumbdrive for the student. The student is then able to read the material on a braillenote or other device with a braille display.