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.

An exploration of the global prevalence of age-related macular degeneration.

Source: Vision 2020

General information about vision loss and older adults, including basic statistics, the impact of vision loss on health and well-being, and information on age-related eye diseases.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Eye diseases and disorders and what can be done to protect vision; available in English and Spanish.

Source: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText, ZoomText USB, the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, and ZoomText Express. Try out some of their user-support materials below:

A 10-page table that illustrates evidence-based practices that support implementation of in-school predictors of post-school success.

Source: NTACT

In this PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Mary Zatta talks about bringing a student's educational plan into alignment with state's curricular requirements, with specific examples from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

OSHA standards and procedures for protecting the eyes in the workplace.

Source: ISHN (Industrial Safety & Hygiene News)

Read the full page of resources here, and browse the links below for additional information specific to children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind, or who have additional disabilities including visual impairment.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (formerly NICHCY)

Definition of amblyopia, causes and treatment

Source: Prevent Blindness America

A program for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities shares its objectives, activities, methods, information on financial resources, and its impact on families; also in Spanish.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Information for people with age-related macular degeneration, their families, caregivers, and professionals.

An introduction to age-related macular degeneration, with an overview of promising treatments and suggestions on living with the disease.

Source: Prevent Blindness America

AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as other publications. They have a large number of programs designed to bring science literacy to all. They have resources for businesses, scientists, teachers, and students. One of their many endeavors, Project 2061 has developed highly regarded science curriculum benchmarks. The AAAS signature program is called Entrypoint, providing internship opportunities in science, engineering, math, computer science and some fields of business for students with disabilities. Many program alumni are now working in the science fields.

ABBA seeks to "promote interest in bowling activities among legally blind men and women in North America;" their newsletter is published three times per year and is available here in electronic format.

Source: American Blind Bowling Association

ABSF is committed to serving blind and visually impaired children and adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence and independence that can last a lifetime.

Source: American Blind Skiing Foundation

The ACB "strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

Source: American Council of the Blind (ACB)
The Advocacy and Governmental Affairs staff of ACB (the American Council of the Blind) advocate on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired.  Efforts are focused on issues related to accessibility and health care, with information on legislative action, policy and more.
 
For more information, see: http://www.acb.org/node/10
 

AFB provides a wealth of information and services to people who are blind or visually impaired, and their families, and for the professionals who serve them.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

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