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.

Guidelines for treating people with blindness courteously and considerately.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

This article by David Wiley and Kate Moss “discusses the importance of building highly motivating instructional elements into daily programming in order to improve the students’ openness to instruction.”

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

In a 2011 update of their original position statement, ACB outlines its principal beliefs in regard to rehabilitative services to individuals who are blind.

Source: American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Whitestick is a personal website from the UK which lists podcasts on a variety of interesting topics, most produced by blind people. Includes two links for downloading podcatchers.

Lighting consultant Linda Sanford addresses the importance of increasing light, reducing glare, enhancing contrast, and augmenting color discrimination.

Source: Lighthouse International

For middle school students, a downloadable book with tips, puzzles, activities, and more.

Source: National Eye Institute

Understanding one's diagnosis, eye care specialties, following medical directions, common abbreviations, and more. Also available in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Represents the interests of more than 160 million individuals who are blind or partially sighted; 177 member countries.

A non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with deafblindness throughout the world.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Medford, New Jersey
Phone: 609-654-8225
Email:  gregk@ycamp.org
 
Source: YMCA Camps

Mary McDonach explains the pattern of speech development in which children repeat what has been said to them.

Source: Wonder Baby

FamilyConnect describes the role of each member of the educational team. There are links to related documents, including strategies for success, the role of the paraprofessional and the TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired).

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This page describes the essential elements of the IEP, offers checklists of keys points, what to do before, during and after an IEP meeting, a checklist of key points, and advice for keeping educational records.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Information on eye doctors and exams, common eye conditions and their symptoms, glasses, and contact lenses.

Source: KidsHealth

Kitchen organization ideas and simple steps for streamlining kitchen chores, written with seniors in mind.

Source: VisionAware

Section 504 protects individuals from discrimination (based on their disability) by workplaces and services that receive federal assistance. This fact sheet lists specific actions which The Rehabilitation Act expressly forbids.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Missouri School for the Blind
St. Louis, Missouri
 
Source: Camp Abilities

Blogger Erin shares a thorough and honest, explanation of her low vision experience, and goes beyond ophthalmic explanations into real day-to-day life with visual impairment. She includes many photographs that illustrate how she views her environment.

Source: A Number of Things

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