Multiple Disabilities Resources

In addition to blindness or visual impairment, a child may have additional disabilities, such as cognitive, developmental, hearing, or mobility impairments. Every student with multiple disabilities presents a unique educational challenge. Teachers need specialized training and skills to understand how these students experience and understand the world. In this section, families and educators will find introductions to the educational needs of these students, as well as best practice and policy overviews.

Arlington Recreation: Club Rec
Arlington, Masachusetts
(781) 316-3880
 
Arlington residents have priority, others welcome if room.
 
Source: Arlington Recreation
Barnstable Recreation
Barnstable, Massachusetts
(508) 790-6345
 
Day programs for Barnstable residents.
 
Source: Barnstable Recreation
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
Natick, Massachusetts
(508) 647-6530
 
For Greater Boston residents.
 
Source: Camp Arrowhead
Girl Scouts of Spar of Spar and Spindle Council: Camp Maude Eaton
North Andover, Massachusetts
(617)-350-8335
 
For Merrimack Valley residents.
 
Source: Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Greater Waltham ARC: Inclusive Summer Day Camp Program
Waltham Massachusetts
(781) 899-1344
 
Inclusive day camp programs.
 
Source: Opportunities for Inlcusion
Hampshire Regional YMCA
Northampton Massachusetts
(413) 584-7086
 
For Northampton area residents.
 
Source: Hampshire Regional
Ironstone Farm
Andover, Massachusetts
(978) 475-4056
 
For New England residents. Therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
 
Source: Iron Stone Farm
Newton Parks and Recreation: Newton Therapeutic Recreation Program
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 796-1527
 
For local area residents. Recreational programs for children with special needs.
 
Source: Newton Mass
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
 
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.
 
Source: Perkins School for the Blind
Springfield Parks Department: Camp Star
Camp in Forest Park
Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 787-7779
 
For Springfield area residents. Program for children with disabilities served under the 766 program.
 
Source: Camp Star
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services: Sports and Recreation Program
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(413)-442-4077
 
For residents of northern Berkshire Co. with diagnosed disabilities.
 
Source: Northern Berkshire Support Services

New Visions offers information to professionals and parents working with infants and children with feeding, swallowing, oral-motor, and pre-speech problems.

Source: New Visions

This section of Dr. Virginia Bishop's guide, Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments, offers an overview of young children with multiple disabilities.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This site is a resource for parents, featuring a range of articles and links on communication, socialization, orientation and mobility, and transition, and more. Also in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect

Malaysian educators discuss multiple disabilities and their educational implications.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Written by the brother of a teen with deafblindness, the author makes an excellent case for teaching functional skills that are founded in basic concepts and supportive of daily living tasks.

Source: Kids OT

NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for information about deafblindness. While most resources focus on the needs of children and youth, there is wealth of information here in the Adult Services section.

General guidelines for developing programs for students with visual impairment and additional disabilities, including deafblindness. Includes background information, the range of service delivery options, Indian disability legislation, resources for teacher training, and sample forms.

Source: Voice and Vision (India)

NSCD is one of the nation's largest therapeutic recreational organizations. The site provides links and resources, including a list of adaptive programs around the country.

This fact sheet offers an introduction to neurological and cortical visual impairment, including a list of suggested instructional strategies.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

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