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 chapter from Sustainable Development and Persons with Disabilities: The Process of Self-Empowerment introduces community-based rehabilitation and assesses its possibilities and limitations.

Source: Africa Development Forum

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)

An explanation of the elements of an eye examination and what the specialist is evaluating.

Source: American Optometric Association

Project SPARKLE describes the three types of concepts (concrete, semi-concrete, and abstract) and general strategies to assist children who are deafblind in concept development; includes a glossary and links to resources.

Source: Project SPARKLE

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)

This article offers advice to parents exploring preschool services for their children with visual impairments.

Source: FamilyConnect

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

Practical suggestions for seniors address grocery shopping, setting the table, safety, serving food, and eating out; includes a video on kitchen activities.

Source: VisionAware

Includes articles, bibliographies and Internet resources.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This webcast featuring Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy provides information about the specific characteristic behaviors of CVI and provides information regarding the evaluation of functional vision.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

This article cautions against oversimplification of a complex condition, which is not an eye condition but a brain condition. Morse notes that all children with CVI do not exhibit the same behavior, a single approach does not work for all children, and treatment is a dynamic process.

Source: Dr. Mary T. Morse

Numerous videos by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy on CVI, including an Overview of CVI, CVI Range, Strategies and Programming Planning and more.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

A poster with introductory information about Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), including characteristic features, implications, educational interventions, and case studies.

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

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

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