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.

This article explores the pros and cons of surgery, with information about procedures, outcomes, and recovery.

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

A good explanation of the types of cataracts and their effects on vision.

Source: VisionAware

In-depth illustrated descriptions of global causes of blindness and their treatments.

Source: Sightsavers International

Information on the primary causes of blindness and visual impairment; links to related information.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

This online PDF book examines the effect of CP on the visual system and child development, with collaborative strategies for practitioners, educators, and families.

Source: Scottish Sensory Centre

A pilot demonstration project that assesses the community-based services in Cairo and how well they integrate individuals with visual impairments.

Information about CHARGE Syndrome, including special resource packets for new parents and professionals, a one-page fact sheet, a list of frequently asked questions, a newsletter, information on medical management, and online resources.

In this webcast, Perkins School psychologist Pam Ryan outlines the features of CHARGE Syndrome and discusses how they affect a child’s learning and development.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

A helpful checklist of features to consider when searching for a living situation for an elder with visual impairment. Includes environmental, staff, and policy issues.

Source: VisionAware

This site contains information on child development, including developmental screening and positive parenting tips.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Practical suggestons for general education teachers who have students who are blind or visually impaired in their classrooms

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

An overview of visual impairments, with tips on how to succeed in college, as well as information about scholarships and assistive technology for students with visual impairments.

Source: Online Colleges

Author Jill Green, is a Senior Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at the College Board. Here she explains how students with visual impairments can get the testing accommodations they need.

Source: Future Reflections, Winter 2014

Good introductory information on a number of eye conditions, including those that do not cause visual impairment.

Source: EyeHelp

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

A discussion of community-based rehabilitation, a description of projects in Uganda, and recommendations that are applicable to projects in other locations. Also available in PDF.

Source: Community Eye Health Journal

Organizational recommendations based on the experience of Sight Savers International in India; also available as a PDF.

Source: Community Eye Health Journal

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