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.

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

Camp for Greater Boston residents.

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

Dedicated to enhancing educational services provided to students under 21 with vision and hearing impairments, this organization provides on-site assistance, support resources to parents and educators. Also in Spanish.

Camp Allen
Bedford, New Hampshire
(603) 622-8471
Source: Camp Allen
Camp Abilities Brockport
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Brockport, NY
Phone: (585) 395-5361
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Long Island
Adelphi University in Garden City, New York
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Saratoga
Saratoga Springs, New York
Phone: 518-290-7050
Source: Camp Abilities
Clover Patch Camp
Glenville, New York
(518) 384-3042
Source: Clover Patch Camp
Double 'H' Hole in the Woods Ranch
Lake Luzerne, New York
(518) 696-5676
The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
Source: Double H Ranch
Hidden Valley Camp
Fishkill, New York
Source: The Fresh Air Fund

Discover some of the jobs being done by people who are blind or visually impaired at NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

Source: AFB Access World

Diagnostic activities for determining whether a student needs a formal evaluation by a certified O&M Instructor.

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

James Scott Crawford provides detailed suggestions for teaching O&M techniques to individuals who use wheelchairs. It includes sections on sighted guides, trailing, cane techniques, monitoring safety, street crossings, and a skills checklist.

Source: Affiliated Blind of Louisiana

This article by Jill Brody discusses the role of occupational therapists, definitions, and intervention strategies for working with young children with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Source: Project SALUTE

Information on Optic Nerve Atrophy disorder, symptoms, behaviors, research and links to related sites.

Source: U.S.National Library of Health- Pubmed Health

Advice from James Scott Crawford, outlining sighted guide techniques for working with wheelchair users, including those who use canes and/or powered chairs.

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