Resources for General Education Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Classroom teachers will find information on providing access to the curriculum for students who are blind or visually impaired. These teaching tips, educational strategies, accommodations, and instructional adaptations are useful in both inclusive and special education settings.

 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Practical suggestons for general education teachers who have students who are blind or visually impaired in their classrooms
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Suggestions for classroom teachers serving students with low vision.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Descriptionkey.org provides guidelines for using descriptive language in educational materials.  This link from AFB provides context for the guidelines and history of their adoption.  You can find many more materials on education under the topic Education for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairments. Additional information on audio description is filed under Audio Description.
 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Articles assembled by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, associated with the National Federation of the Blind, Information includes accommodation tips for classroom teachers, understanding the needs of students who are blind.  Articles include:
Washington State School for the Blind
Video presentation of suggestions for successful inclusion of students who are blind or visually impaired in a mainstream classroom
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This article includes general facts regarding braille students, as well as classroom considerations.
 
American Foundation for the Blind
Tips for general education teachers who have a student who is blind or visually impaired in the classroom
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Written as a letter to a teacher who will be having a student with visual impairments in the classroom
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Tips for general educators who are preparing their classroom for a braille reader
 
Future Reflections, National Federation of the Blind
Feedback to general education, from the parent of a child with visual impairment.
 
Family Connect
Overview of who is involved in the education of children with visual impairments, including the TVI and the classroom teacher
 
Saskatchewan Learning 
This resource offers basic information to help provide successful school experiences for students who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Future Reflections, National Federation of the Blind
Practical tips to integrate a child with visual impairments into a preschool classroom
 
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
NIMAS is a national technical standard that requires learning materials be made accessible to students with print disabilities as quickly as possible. All NIMAS sources are easily converted into braille, audio, large print, and digital text.  See also AIM in Your State for local information.
 
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
The Purchase Accessible Learning Materials (PALM) Initiative was launched to influence publishers and developers. Institutions' collaboration will increase demand and availability of accessible learning materials.

 

General Tips

Basic advice for teachers and tutors on working with a student who is blind or visually impaired.
 
Ten easy reminders for classroom instructors, compiled by Guilford Technical Community College. Great for handouts, bulletin boards, in-service training.