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.

Lighting, color contrast, and glare reduction in effective environmental design.

Source: VisionAware

Guidelines for determining whether you have low vision and suggestions for adjusting.

Source: National Eye Institute

Information for people working with those who have low vision; in English and French.

A 32-page guide to all aspects of living with low vision, including coping strategies, orientation and mobility, and dealing with depression. While resources are specific to Australia, most of the information is universal. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Source: Macular Degeneration Foundation (Australia)

A wide array of information and resources.

Pine Tree Camp
Camp in Oakland, Maine
Pine Tree Camp offers a wide range of opportunities for people with disabilities and their families including overnight camp and day camp in the summer season as well as special programs in the fall, winter and spring.\
Source: Pine Tree Camp

Outlines some principles that make tasks a bit easier.

Source: Vision Australia
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.
Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Although not aimed at parents of children with visual impairments, this site has useful general information, including strategies for teaching big mathematical concepts, activities that reinforce math skills in the daily routine, and links to additional resources.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Following this advice allows the guide dog to do its work safely.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Features to look for when selecting a microwave for a user who is blind or visually impaired.

Source: Vision Australia

Descriptions of many eye diseases and conditions; links to related support groups.

Source: The Low Vision Gateway

Ms. Whozit is an advice columnist in the NFB's Braille Monitor. She addresses questions from people with visual impairments on dealing with sighted people who are often thoughtless or rude. To find more columns, enter "Ms. Whozit" in the search field at the NFB website:

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This section of the Family Connect site is a gold mine for parents and other family members who are looking for information and resources on children who have additional disabilities.

Source: FamilyConnect

This coalition of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research works to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education.

This site informs on all aspects of Beep Baseball, including an equipment list, game rules, a pitcher's guide, and a defense manual. It also features a Beep Baseball Podcast, with news and stories behind the game.

The National Center for Children's Vision & Eye Health is committed to promoting early identification of vision problems and eye diseases in children in the United States.

The Annual Child Count provides a "snapshot of the characteristics, educational settings, and living arrangements of children and youth who are deafblind."

Source: NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness)

A wealth of information on all aspects of vision and eye health; in English and Spanish. Includes sections on Basic Eye Anatomy, Eye Care Resources, Education Programs, and Professional Resources.

The NFB "is a consumer organization of blind people working together to improve opportunities for the blind and the understanding of blindness by the general public."

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)