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.

How to develop a functional curriculum for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Emphasis on working with the family and the community; an overview of the Individualized Transition Plans.

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

A mother realizes her own low expectations limit the independence of her daughter with multiple disabilities, and describes how she encourages the child to do more for herself. This is an entry from the listserv sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

This article explores some of the basic questions to consider when setting up a schedule system with your child.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport
Killington, Vermont
(802) 786-4991
Year-round programs, summer day camps for children with disabilities.
Source: Vermont Adaptive

This section of the Paths to Literacy site includes an overview of literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities, including deafblindness. Includes information about instructional strategies, tips for creating books, and more.

Source: Paths to Literacy

Jean Bugbee shares her experiences using the Active Learning Approach with her adopted daughter, Renee.

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Certified O&M Specialist James Scott Crawford discusses training techniques in this video webcast. Topics include navigating doorways, street crossings, transportation modes, and more.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This article by David Wiley and Kate Moss “discusses the importance of building highly motivating instructional elements into daily programming in order to improve the students’ openness to instruction.”

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child. We focus on real-life advice and real-life experiences.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Medford, New Jersey
Phone: 609-654-8225
Source: YMCA Camps

This page describes the essential elements of the IEP, offers checklists of keys points, what to do before, during and after an IEP meeting, a checklist of key points, and advice for keeping educational records.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments