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Students with low vision need careful assessment to determine whether print, braille, or both are the appropriate learning media.
The Learning Media Assessment identifies the best reading format for a student­: print, braille, audio, objects, or some combination.
These links offer history and consumer information about the Perkins Brailler and other braille writers on the market.
Teaching tips and resources for braille instruction, and explore the debate about teaching contracted versus uncontracted braille.
In this webcast, Wendy Buckley summarizes various tools and software that can be used with a SMART Board and describes how they work.
Ideas for creating a bulletin board about environmental science for students who are blind or visually impaired.
A list of resources for families of children who are deafblind
Vacation and travel tips for individuals who are blind or visually impaired
Parents will find listings for day camps, summer camps, and other recreational programs that welcome children with disabilities, including some that serve campers with blindness or visual...
Radio and Podcasting links.
Knitters and crocheters who are blind or visually impaired can search this free library of instructions downloadable in electronic braille or large print.   Web-Based Organizations &...
Connect with books and reading materials in formats accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments: braille, large print, recorded, and electronic.
Access to Cultural Programs and Buildings These resources offer information on making art and cultural programs and buildings accessible to people with disabilities, including those with...
Remaining independent is certainly possible for adults and seniors with vision loss. The sites in this section offer resources and advice on assistive technology, finding new ways to perform...
For Professional Caregivers and Healthcare Workers This section connects caregivers and health professionals with advice for working with older adults with vision loss. These sites offer basic...
These sites are rich in orientation and mobility skills and training tips for parents and instructors working with school-aged children who are blind or visually impaired.   Basic Orientation...
Hard-to-find information about orientation and mobility skills and techniques for people who are blind or visually impaired and use wheelchairs.
These links feature orientation and mobility skills and training tips for parents and instructors working with school-aged children who are blind or visually impaired.   Environmental Checklist...
  Vision rehabilitation provides the tools and training to maintain independence after vision loss. This field offers a broad range of professional services, such as low vision evaluation, vision...
Tips to select toys for young children who are blind or visually impaired
Massage, Motor Skills, and Sensory Integration for Children with Visual Impairments, Blindness or Deafblindness In this section, families can explore the importance of touch in bonding and...
Children with blindness or visual impairments need some assistance to find their place in the social world.
An early introduction to orientation and mobility skills gives children the freedom and confidence to move through the world independently. These sites offer advice for developing and encouraging...
The work of literacy begins in infancy. Emergent literacy is the cognitive knowledge small children gather about language, reading, and writing long before they learn to read. This knowledge is...
Parents can explore strategies for establishing communication, fostering the use of language, and the use of tactile and object cues.
This section includes information on the variety of professional services available to families with a child who is blind or visually impaired. Included is general information about service...
Parents with children who are blind or visually impaired will find many practical suggestions for encouraging greater independence in all areas of daily living.
Because so much of a baby's information comes through the visual sense, young children with blindness or visual impairments need some assistance to learn basic concepts about the world around them...
Children with multiple disabilities need intensive early intervention to stimulate their development.
Assessment is a critically important step in the developmental progress of a young child who is blind or visually impaired. Understanding a child's abilities and the nature of cognitive, visual, or...
Learning that a child is blind or visually impaired presents challenges for families.
This section offers practical suggestions for parents and preschool teachers working with young children with visual impairments. Families and early childhood educators will find general guidelines...
Adult vision loss affects the whole family. Recognizing signs of visual impairment in a relative, coping with the diagnosis, and providing helpful support are all part of the adjustment process....
Driving is central to an independent life, but safety is always the first consideration. When aging and vision loss make driving risky, the decision to give up the car keys can be very painful and...
Relaxation and fitness are an important part of life, especially in one’s senior years. This section offers numerous resources on staying active and pursuing leisure interests. Information is...
The loss of both sight and hearing can have a devastating impact on a senior’s independence, communication abilities, and self-esteem. This section addresses the needs of adults experiencing...
Adults who lose their vision can learn how to travel safely and independently. These websites present advice and information about orientation and mobility—skills necessary for finding one’s way on...
This section features information about the four eye conditions most likely to affect adult vision: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Learn about...
This section provides an overview of the aging process and associated vision changes. Included is information on eye health, vision loss, and preserving one’s sight in the senior years. Many sites...
As students prepare for the transition from the school years to adult life, they need information and advice specific to their needs.
These programs give students with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences.
Self-determination means understanding one's abilities and making one's own choices, and is one of the foundations of independence and adult responsibility.
Surveys, studies, and research on the results and outcomes of transition practices for students with disabilities.
hese resources provide invaluable information, advice, and encouragement for students contemplating college.
The organizations and agencies in this section offer information about transition for students with disabilities.
Person-centered planning and personal futures planning are dynamic and empowering approaches to transition for students with disabilities. The focus is on the student's goals, abilities, dreams and...
These sites offer a wealth of information on understanding the law, one's legal rights, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), guardianship, and legal and estate planning.   Age of...
These websites are helpful to students who are blind or visually impaired and beginning to plan for employment and careers.
Educators use various approaches for teaching students who have multiple disabilities.
About IEPs for Students with Visual Impairments.

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