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.

A dictionary of common medical conditions that cause visual impairment in the U.S., explained in non-clinical language accessible to the layperson.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This list of common abbreviations may be helpful in interpreting an eye report.

Source: Root Eye Network

Another useful list of reminders for behaving with consideration when interacting socially.

Source: Vision Australia

This leading journal is dedicated to global vision health; downloadable articles from back issues in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. There is also an Indian Supplement.

This overview of community-based rehabilitation has links to related documents, including a matrix for designing a CBR strategy.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

This 98-page guide helps program managers assess the local situation and create policies and programs. (PDF not accessible to screen readers)

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Education of students with visual impairment in three types of programs in India: residential schools, semi-integrated, and integrated education.

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

Sue Elan Holmes writes "about her experience with the Little Room, and what the Active Learning approach has meant for her son, Jimmy."

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

Author/educator Barbara Miles offers strategies for making connections with students who are deafblind, encouraging speakers to put the elements of conversation into a tactile mode.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcasts

Includes articles, bibliographies and Internet resources.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

In two one-hour sessions, the staff of the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins dive deeply into the causes and impacts of cortical/cerebral visual impairments, and discuss the importance of collaborative care for children with CVI.

Source: Perkins eLearning (Webinar)

CPIR disseminates information and resources to Parent Training Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers, in support of families of children with disabilities.

Source: CPIR

Elizabeth Hartmann focuses on three main aspects of environments in this article (page 3): space, people, and time. Giving each appropriate attention "make them more conducive to meaningful communication" for children with deafblindness.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

This 3-page article (on pp.6-8 of the newsletter) offers strategies for planning an effective transition from school to adult life. It includes information about the members of the team and creating an effective futures plan.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

In this 30-minute webcast, Mary Zatta describes the purpose and components of a vocational portfolio, and discusses the importance of development processes.

For more information on this topic, see this title from Perkins Publications: School to Work - Developing Transitional Portfolios for Students with Significant Disabilities

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Information and resources on CVI, including videos, online classes, and information on the CVI Endorsement.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Barbara Miles and Barbara McLetchie describe types of concepts and the relationships, attitudes, and environments that promote their development in students who are deafblind; in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This interactive eye diagram includes definitions, multiple perspectives, and enlargeable views.

Source: National Eye Institute

Census data on the impact of disability on families. Visual and hearing impairments are counted together and not differentiated.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

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