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.

A primer full of advice and encouragement for adults who must learn how to get around independently after vision loss. Includes information about landmarks, public transportation, and using environmental sounds. (Requires Adobe
Acrobat Reader

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Special Needs Toys are providers of carefully selected games, toys, and other leisure products aimed at people of all ages with special needs..

Step-by-step instructions for a bright shoeshine.

Source: VisionAware

This guide focuses on the development of student portfolios to document "accomplishments, needed adaptations, modifications, and accommodations, including transition to the next environment or postsecondary environments." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Kansas State Board of Education

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program that helps aged, blind, and disabled people with very low incomes. Links to information on eligibility, application, and much more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Tele-support groups for parents and for teens planning to attend college. The Lighthouse site also has information about children's vision and education.

Source: Lighthouse International

Resources for those who are experiencing vision loss and their caregivers.

Source: VisionAware

Using contrast to maximize vision in the kitchen, bathroom, around the house, and outside.

Source: Low Vision Center

Large-print information for adults experiencing vision loss due to diabetes.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Tips for hospital personnel caring for people who are blind or visually impaired; includes suggestions for communication, guiding, and orienting the person to the room.

Source: Blindskills, Inc

6 things to remember when interacting with people with visual impairments

Source: ZOOMAX

This booklet includes advice on mobility and the environment, best practices, and resources. The checklist helps staff identify people who may have unrecognized sensory loss. Also available in plain text.

Source: American Association of the Deaf-Blind

NCDB is an information clearinghouse on deafblindness. This site provides links to extensive resources, including a specific transition packet, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and related topics.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Although this guide is designed for youth who are deafblind, much of the information is applicable to other youth as well. The materials in the appendices include a extremely helpful worksheets (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Deaf-Blind Program, Center for Disabilities, South Dakota

Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Enrique Elissalde wrote this 23-page biography of Louis Braille, aimed at older children and young adults.

Symptoms of serious depression in elders who are losing vision.

Source: AMD Alliance International

Frequently asked questions about walking with long canes.

Source: VisionAware

Using a sighted guide; includes tips and an online video.

Source: VisionAware