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.

Formerly titled ViewPoints, "this half-hour weekly radio program and podcast discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss." Hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey.

ASHA explains the nature of feeding and swallowing disorders, their signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MasterChef winner Christine Ha and Top Chef Canada champ Carl Heinrich have created this cooking series, produced by Varner Productions Limited, that features chefs with visual impairments.

Source: Accessible Media Inc.

Gardening can be a wonderful sensory experience. A number of simple tips can reduce the workload and increase your sensory pleasure. 

Source: Vision Aware

Includes visual screening importance, guidelines, and procedures.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

HKNC provides support services and residential training to youth and adults who are deafblind, their families, and the professionals who serve them, including Senior Adult Services, aimed at service providers nationwide.

Authored by Kay L. Clarke of the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education, this downloadable booklet includes detailed instructions for creating structures for safe and independent play.

Source: Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

This questionnaire is a tool for evaluating safety and lighting in the home.

Source: VisionAware

A survey for identifying safety issues with many ideas for solutions and adaptations.

Source: VisionAware

Explains the importance of rehabilitation services for people who have recently lost vision; includes sample forms. Available as PDF. 

Source: Community Eye Health Journal

Video resumes are a way to show potential employers a student's abilities and achievements. This 2-page fact sheet lists tips for creating an effective video resume, a particularly effective way to document the abilities and achievements of students with severe disabilities.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

A directory of Independent Living Centers, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for people with all kinds of disabilities; includes international listings.

Source: ILUSA

The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. They have extensive online publications available on the site.

Aims to foster self-confidence of individuals who are blind, and improve the quality of services in agencies that work with people who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Simple techniques for distinguishing U.S. coins and bills from one another; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

These videos offer simple but helpful tips to make kitchen work and mealtime a lot easier. They include: Marking a microwave, Marking a stove, Mealtime tips, and Organizing items in the kitchen.

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Tips for parents to promote safety in the kitchen with children who have a visual impairment, hearing loss or mobility challenges.

Source: Home Advice Guide

Ideas for making cooking accessible accompanied by a simple recipe and a video of a brother and sister (both visually impaired) making cookies independently.

Source: Wonder Baby

Published in India, this downloadable 152-page manual is universally useful for parents and caregivers of children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities. It includes a general introduction, guidelines, checklists of skills, and activities to enhance them; by Blind People's Association in collaboration with the Hilton/Perkins Program.

Source: Blind People's Association

This slide show offers instruction and tips for measuring medication, administering eye drops, and pouring accurate doses.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind