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.

Seven young adults, all of whom are blind or visually impaired, were invited by PRCVI to share their experiences and insights about life before and after grade 12. Scroll down the page to find the audio of their talks.

Source: Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology

TASH is "an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm." Topics on their site include positive behavior support, inclusive education, communication, and community living.

This article offers specific suggestions for teaching your child bathing and dressing skills.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Using contrast to maximize vision in the kitchen, bathroom, around the house, and outside.

Source: Low Vision Center

Sandra Lewis of Florida State University authored this position paper proposing functional skills lessons within classroom instruction.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (CECDVI)

A list of travel skills, particularly with public transportation, which can be next-step goals for older children. Also available in Spanish.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Simple techniques and precautions to make kitchen tasks safer and easier; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Kent Moreno lists a protocol for toilet training individuals who have a developmental disability, including data collection, the development of a schedule, cueing, and making the experience in the bathroom a positive one.

Source: Down Syndrome: Health Issues

Developed for students ages 3 to 22, this curriculum focuses on developing life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

Source: Perkins Products

NCDB is an information clearinghouse on deafblindness. This site provides links to extensive resources, including a specific transition packet, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and related topics.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.

Dorinda Rife, former Superintendent of Programs and Services at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses the importance of planning for transition by  incorporating necessary skills training into a child's everyday environments, starting from birth.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

This collection of webcasts and webinars addressing transition planning can be viewed at no charge, or can be used to earn 40 ACVREP credits for a fee.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Travel Guides provides accurate and detailed travel information for persons with disabilities. We are opening doors to persons with hearing, visual, mobility, and cognitive disabilities so they can enjoy all that the world has to offer.

A collection of video demonstrations of daily living skills, featuring students at the Washington school. Many of these clips are also available as PowerPoint presentations and plain text.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

The mission of VisionAware is to help adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community

Source: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Quick answers to common questions.

Source: American Optometric Association

This article lists some of the ways in which children with a visual impairment learn about the world around them. Specific suggestions are included on activities to encourage growth and development.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments