Young Adults to Seniors Resources

Many of the resources on this site focus on early childhood and school age children. This section gathers resources for adults through seniors, focusing on issues such as daily living skills and independent living.

The Transition resources are also very helpful for those moving from school to adult life.

Advice for coping with vision loss, its emotional adjustments, and the reactions of families and friends; includes blog posts and personal stories.

Source: VisionAware

Enabling Devices is dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions. This section of their website features toys suitable for children with visual impairments.

Ben Chamberlin, a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind shows educators how to support grooming, hygiene, self-esteem, and social awareness in their students who are visually impaired.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webinar

This two-page fact sheet provides parents with a basic introduction to IEP goals and objectives, including some specific examples. This link takes you to a reprint of this information in Future Reflections.

Source: Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

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

Source: Vision Aware

The basics of orientation and mobility; includes a video.

Source: VisionAware

The joys of woodworking. Includes safety tips. 

Source: Vision Aware

Includes visual screening importance, guidelines, and procedures.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Deafblind International outlines the unique needs of people who are deafblind and offers a set of best practice guidelines for providing services. Suitable for government agencies and private service providers.

Source: Deafblind International (DBI)

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

Healthy Hearing is an online resource for information about hearing health. While there is little about deafblindness, this is a good source for in-depth information on specific hearing loss conditions and hearing aids.

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities offering information on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

Source: National Youth Transitions Center

HKNC provides support services and residential training to youth and adults who are deafblind, their families, and the professionals who serve them, including Senior Adult Services, aimed at service providers nationwide.

This questionnaire is a tool for evaluating safety and lighting in the home.

Source: VisionAware

A survey for identifying safety issues with many ideas for solutions and adaptations.

Source: VisionAware

Explains the importance of rehabilitation services for people who have recently lost vision; includes sample forms. Available as PDF. 

Source: Community Eye Health Journal

A directory of Independent Living Centers, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for people with all kinds of disabilities; includes international listings.

Source: ILUSA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 ensures "services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities."

Source: U.S. Department of Education

A United Nations organization that promotes employment opportunities and workers’ rights. The ILO website has downloadable documents about work for people with disabilities in many areas of the world; some are available in French and Spanish.

Source: International Labour Organization

Simple techniques for distinguishing U.S. coins and bills from one another; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)