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.

American Foundation for the Blind maintains a list of organizations offering financial support for qualifying individuals and academic programs.  Browse them here.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Recommendations and guidelines on daily living skills for parents of children with visual impairments.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB)

This interactive site includes background information on transition planning, preparing for work, and independent living, as well as activities, resources, and blog posts related to a range of transition topics.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This page provides an overview of Person Centered Planning, with a significant number of online resources.

Source: Pacer Center

NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

This webcast, presented by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, presents an overview of the Person-Centered Planning process and how this tool can benefit students and their families as they prepare for the transition from school-to-work. Two parents also discuss their experiences with the transition process.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games.

In this section, we'll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Source: Vision Aware

Strategies for pouring liquids neatly and safely.

Source: Vision Australia

This checklist of questions ensures that seniors get the information they need from eye care professionals.

Source: VisionAware

Peggy Freeman gives advice on the importance of routines to parents of babies who are deafblind with multiple disabilities, with detailed suggestions for routines for feeding, sleeping, bathing, dressing and undressing, and toileting.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

A room-by-room safety evaluation, with dozens of recommended modifications. PDF. 

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

This list of suggestions will eliminate home hazards.

Source: VisionAware

While the directory portion of this website is specific to Central Massachusetts, this website has a wealth of useful information for seniors and caregivers about coping with vision loss. Includes general information on aging, population demographics, and more.

Source: Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc.

This downloadable PowerPoint shows a step-by-step explanation of his razor-shaving techniques by a man who is blind. Presentation also available as an MS Powerpoint document.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

Step-by-step instructions for a bright shoeshine.

Source: VisionAware

Scroll down to Chapter 45. This chapter from David Werner’s book, Disabled Village Children, describes two models of rehabilitation and offers suggestions to help community members organize themselves; also in Spanish.

Source: Hesperian Foundation

AFB’s advice helps seniors travel and enjoy community resources safely and confidently.

Source: VisionAware

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program that helps aged, blind, and disabled people with very low incomes. Links to information on eligibility, application, and much more.

Source: Social Security Administration

This article provides specific suggestions to help children develop eating skills and independence at mealtime.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments