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.

Gardening can be a wonderful sensory experience. A number of simple tips can reduce the workload and increase your sensory pleasure. 

Source: Vision Aware

This page describes the book Touch the Sun, which allows blind and visually impaired students to experience images of the sun and solar activity by feeling transparent raised textures bonded to the pictures.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Accompanied by a one-hour video, this tutorial shows how to calculate optimum print size for a student, and discusses optical and non-optical methods of magnification. 1.5 CE or ACVREP credits available.

Source: Perkins eLearning (Tutorial/Webinar)

Parents can learn practical tips to help their babies with visual impairments develop normal sleep patterns.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

The joys of woodworking. Includes safety tips. 

Source: Vision Aware

A microsite on Glaucoma covering topics such as facts, types, risk factors, treatment, and patient's guide.

Source: Vision Aware

Information on glaucoma's impact on vision, living with the disease, treatment, and research.

A comprehensive list of definitions related to vision. Animated eye model also available.

Source: Prevent Blindness America

Listing of eye conditions, with introductory information and links to support organizations and more information.

Source: VisionAware

This glossary explains terms used by eye doctors, low vision specialists, and rehabilitation specialists, and includes symptoms, tests, treatments, surgery, diseases and conditions, anatomy.

Source: VisionAware

A listing of the terms included in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye; many of the terms link to pages with further descriptions.

Source: Ted M. Montgomery, O.D.

Psychologist offers suggestions to address sleeping challenges for children who are blind or visually impaired in this video webcast

Source: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins eLearning

Jan Bailey describes her experience growing up without sight, and notes the positive influence of high parental expectations.

Source: Future Reflections, Fall 1990

Seven qualified blind and visually impaired teens aged 14 to 17 are selected to explore the companionship, independence and responsibility of the Guide Dog mobility lifestyle. Campers will stay in our student residence, and will need to be able to care for their own activities of daily living. Call to apply.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sandy, Oregon
 
Seven qualified blind and visually impaired teens aged 14 to 17 are selected to explore the companionship, independence and responsibility of the Guide Dog mobility lifestyle. Campers will stay in our student residence, and will need to be able to care for their own activities of daily living.  Call to apply.
 
Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Includes visual screening importance, guidelines, and procedures.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Online courses for consumers or family members. Courses on specific eye conditions, braille, technology. 

Source: The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Andrea Story, a teacher of the visually impaired, examines the technique of hand-over-hand guidance and discusses the debate regarding its use in teaching children who are blind.

Source: National Foundation of the Blind (NFB)

A look at common reactions to learning of vision loss, with an online video featuring one woman’s adjustment and her path to independence.

Source: VisionAware

This page offers practical strategies for writing legibly.

Source: Vision Australia

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