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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.
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 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
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)
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.