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 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

Blogger Hannah Thompson describes her first experience of an audio-described film. Her opinion touches on many of the benefits and shortcomings of audio description.

Source: Blind Spot

Michael McCarty shares tips for cooking with a crock-pot or slow cooker.

Source: Fred's Head blog, American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

In this primer on the Universal Design for Learning framework, Dr. Richard Jackson argues that creating a curriculum that accommodates students with low-incidence disabilities is beneficial to all learners.

Source: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

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

Source: Perkins eLearning

This three-part multimedia presentation covers an introduction to CVI, case studies, and intervention strategies.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Information on all aspects of cortical visual impairment (CVI), including introductory materials, CVI products, research, and resources.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

This factsheet lists the different categories of deafblindness experienced by older people and some of the challenges they face. Scroll through the list of Factsheets to download.

Source: Action on Hearing Loss

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)

Mavis Campos’s chapter in the book, Innovations In Developing Countries For People With Disabilities, (Edited by Brian O'Toole and Roy McConkey) addresses the creation of livelihoods for people with disabilities, including vocational training, rural self-employment, and social marketing.

Source: Enabling Education Network

Mavis Campos’s chapter in the book, Innovations In Developing Countries For People With Disabilities, (Edited by Brian O'Toole and Roy McConkey) addresses the creation of livelihoods for people with disabilities, including vocational training, rural self-employment, and social marketing.

Source: Enabling Education Network

This article provides a simple introduction to the sequence of skills that children master as they learn and grow.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Information about treatment of diabetic retinopathy, tips for living with the condition

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

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

Source: National Eye Institute

This 48-page directory contains a selection of resources available from 27 organizations; indexed by subject and language

Source: International Centre for Eye Health

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

Frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities, and the legal responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals.

Source: HUD.gov

Demographic and economic statistics; includes prevalence, employment, earnings, poverty, household income, and housing, with break-outs by age, race, gender, and educational attainment. Choose U.S. or state reports, or search the database.

Source: Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University

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