Visual Impairment and Blindness Resources

These resources cover the basics of visual impairment and blindness, covering the causes, as well as definitions of professional and medical terminology, descriptions of vision examination procedures, simulations, statistics, and recommendations for protecting the eyes and vision. This section also includes information on support groups for parents, families, and consumers, along with advice for environmental adaptations and tips for living with blindness and visual impairment.

For educational resources, please visit the sections grouped under Teaching Resources.

Dr. Stephanie MacFarland, who specializes in training teachers of students with multiple disabilities, outlines van Dijk's learning theory for children who are deafblind.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This site includes a searchable knowledgebase, an Ask the Doctor forum, videos, news, and article reviews.  Free download of 247-page guide "A Family Guide to Childhood Glaucoma and Cataracts".

Perkins School for the Blind will present a 10-week experiential program for transition-age youth with visual impairments who are seeking to strengthen their job-readiness skills.  The program, designed by Dr. Karen Wolffe, and led by Perkins educators Kate Katulak and Jessica Erlich, will focus on help to prepare youth for success in the workplace.  Topics include:

  • Part I: Self Awareness and Career Exploration
    • The Job Readiness Challenge
    • Career Exploration
    • Setting Goals
  • Part II: Job Seeking Skills
    • Finding Your First Job
    • Building Your Profile
    • Preparing for the Interview 
  • Part III: Application of Employability Skills
    • Acing the Interview
    • Getting Ready for Work
    • Polishing Your Skills
    • Finalizing Your Action Plan and Celebrating Your Success

Learn more about the Pre-Employment Program.

For more information contact Pat Ryan at 617-972-7812 or Patrick.Ryan@Perkins.org

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Perkins' preschool program assesses each child's needs and creates an individualized program of education, teaming with clinical specialists and with parents on a coordinated home-school program.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

For New England residents.

NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

This webcast, presented by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, presents an overview of the Person-Centered Planning process and how this tool can benefit students and their families as they prepare for the transition from school-to-work. Two parents also discuss their experiences with the transition process.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

In this one-hour video, Jeff Migliozzi, teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses his experience of being blind and the challenges of daily life. He appeared as a guest lecturer at the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic at Bridgewater State University (MA).

Source: Bridgewater State University

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Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games.

In this section, we'll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Source: Vision Aware

An annotated list of organizations that specialize in macular degeneration.

Source: MD Support

Strategies for pouring liquids neatly and safely.

Source: Vision Australia

This helpful article provides concrete suggestions to help parents and children prepare for the transition to preschool.

Source: FamilyConnect

Dr. Virginia Bishop explains the vision screening process and provides a parent questionnaire.

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

Information and resources on prevention of blindness and sight preservation.

Information on the most prevalent eye diseases globally, and WHO's work to eradicate them.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Brazilian trainers share their expertise in “Professionals and Parents--Partners in Habilitation and Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Children: A Successful Experience”; in Portuguese.

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

The importance of comprehensive education for children with low vision; also available as a PDF.

Source: Community Eye Health Journal

This checklist of questions ensures that seniors get the information they need from eye care professionals.

Source: VisionAware

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