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The University of Buffalo's Assistive Technology Training Online Project focuses on information on the use of AT for children with disabilities in elementary classrooms. Tutorials are provided specifically for JAWS, BrailleNote, ZoomText, and other products useful for students with visual impairments.

A study of the effect of age-related vision and hearing impairments on health and quality of life. From the academic journal Archives of Ophthalmology in 2006; volume 124, number 10, pages 1465-1470

Source: Archives of Ophthalmology

This study of athletes with visual impairments provides strong evidence of the value of inclusion in physical education classes and benefits of school sports participation. Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

Source: Western Michigan University

ADP lists television programs by network, and gives instructions for enabling the service on home TVs.

Source: The Audio Description Project

The charts in this 6-page document by Marilyn and Jay Gense compare typical development, development of children who are blind or visually impaired, and children who have autism as well as visual impairments. The charts focus on communication, social interactions, patterns of behavior, and responses to sensory information.

Source: FocusFamilies

Ole Mortensen looks at surveys that show how many older people experience vision and hearing loss, and the need for services revealed by these statistics.

Source: European Blind Union

Batten's is an inherited fatal neurodegenerative disease which includes loss of vision. Resources, support, and advice for accommodations.

Source: Advance for Nurses

Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp

Tips for parents on observing skills development, missing or delayed skills in children with visual impairments, and dealing with difficult or challenging behaviors.

Source: FamilyConnect

Three behavioral characteristics are commonly found among individuals with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Author John Walters stresses the necessity of understanding the whole person and the function of behaviors before considering intervention.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

In your education of (and advocacy for) others, you may find these talking points helpful for getting the message across that orientation and mobility are important lifelong learning processes. This link presents both English and Spanish text.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and VIsually Impaired

Sensory loss can diminish the quality of life for older adults, and this article discusses how rehabilitation can help.

Source: For The Record Magazine

In this 11-page document, Sam Morgan describes biobehavioral states and explains why they are important when working with students with profound disabilities.

Source: Hunter College

This article introduces two ways to classify states of awareness in "individuals with profound disabilities."

Overview of bioptic driving requirements, fitting and pricing, with state-by-state laws for bi-optic drivers in the United States.

Covers a wide range of issues, including demographics, work, daily activities, regional differences and policy issues.

Source: National Research Center for Women and Families

Covers a wide range of issues, including demographics, work, daily activities, regional differences and policy issues.

Source: National Research Center for Women and Families

The "Resources for Parents and Professionals" offers fact sheets with information on six common visual diagnoses, with specific information on eye specialists, vision assessments, effects of vision and behavior, common misconceptions. The Teaching Strategies section will be of particular interest to educators.

The "Resources for Parents and Professionals" section has information about the Babies Count National Registry, an advocacy and educational planning tool for children with visual impairment.

Source: VisionAware

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