Independent Living Resources

Independent Living encompasses a wide range of topics for people of all ages, including activities of daily living for younger children, and modifications of tasks that enable adults to live on their own, such as cooking, shopping, budgeting & money management, clothing care, and more.

A checklist of safety tips for lighting, furniture, elimination of hazards, use of color contrast, and safety in hallways and stairways.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Some of the visual skills that need to be evaluated as part of a child's comprehensive vision examination.

Source: Optometrists Network

A selected list of museums with exhibit consideration for people who are blind or visually impaired, such as touch-tours and multi-sensory exhibits

Source: New York Public Library

This webinar produced at Perkins explains specific aspects of environmental obstacles, with adaptation tips.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Practical advice for organizing the kitchen, using appliances, pouring liquids, cooking, and setting the table; includes links to demonstration videos and online classes.

Source: Lighthouse International

Making the home environment safe and well organized; focuses on lighting, glare, contrast, organization, and eliminating hazards; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

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 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

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)

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

Pat Munson, a longtime leader of the NFB, describes her life as a gardener. 

Source: NFB/Braille Monitor, February 2006

A helpful checklist of features to consider when searching for a living situation for an elder with visual impairment. Includes environmental, staff, and policy issues.

Source: VisionAware

This list of common abbreviations may be helpful in interpreting an eye report.

Source: Root Eye Network

An explanation of the elements of an eye examination and what the specialist is evaluating.

Source: American Optometric Association

Practical suggestions on a range of topics, including grocery shopping, setting the table, safety, serving food, and eating out; includes a video on kitchen activities.

Source: VisionAware

Practical suggestions for seniors address grocery shopping, setting the table, safety, serving food, and eating out; includes a video on kitchen activities.

Source: VisionAware

Michael McCarty shares tips for cooking with a crock-pot or slow cooker.

Source: Fred's Head blog, American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities, and the legal responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals.

Source: HUD.gov

Information and resources on affordable housing for people with disabilities.

Source: Disability.gov

The CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness advances the education of children and youth who have visual impairments or deafblindness. Browse selected articles and position papers here.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children

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