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Learn to read tactile maps and learn how to teach students
This section addresses the challenges in teaching geography and social studies to students who are blind or visually impaired.
The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) provides a framework for instruction in a specialized set of vision-related skills for students who are blind or visually impaired.  While students who are blind...
Intricacies of special education regulations and procedures, and advocating for the unique educational needs of their children who are blind.
The Core Curriculum refers to the body of knowledge and skills that is taught to students in school.
The organizations in this section provide information, support, and advice to people with blindness and visual impairment.   Consumer Organizations Created By People with Visual Impairments...
websites with statistics on blindness and visual impairment by age, race, etc.
Vision simulation is one way to understand how the world is experienced by someone with a visual impairment. This section has links to photographs, activities, and instructions for creating your...
The resources in this section help families understand how they can support the development of their children who are blind or visually impaired, and encourage them to enjoy maximum independence...
Resources on low vision, including low vision assessment, assistive aids, etc.
Procedures and techniques of assessing vision.
The links in this section have advice on protection of the eyes, preservation of vision, and prevention of accidents and injuries.   Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click...
Understand the complexities of the vision care professions.
Learn more about different causes of blindness and visual impairment, including various eye conditions, as well as CVI and brain-based visual impairment
The links in this section explore the anatomy of the eye and the physiology of vision. The definitions and glossaries clarify the terminology of optometry, ophthalmology, and other vision-related...
The trend in recent years has been for all children, including those with blindness or visual impairments, to attend their local schools. However, there are still many challenges to providing...
The links in this section are for websites of organizations and educational institutions that serve specific nations or regions of the world. They are often the agencies most familiar with the...
The links in this section feature international organizations with  information for families and educators who work with people who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind and their...
The links in this section are for international or regional organizations with websites rich in information about blindness, visual impairment, or deafblindness. Some focus on eye health or...
Reading and writing are vital skills for independence, and vision loss calls for new techniques and adaptations. This section has information and tips for maintaining one’s ability to read and...
  Housing needs change as one ages, and this is particularly true when vision loss is part of the experience. These sites offer information about housing that is affordable and accessible, advice...
Find out how to become a vision professional and information about teaching training.
Adults who become blind or visually impaired often experience loss of mobility, earning power, and self-determination. Rehabilitation teachers offer training and assistance, helping adults with...
Resources for policy makers outside of the United States
The community-based rehabilitation model supports inclusion of people with disabilities in all community activities: education, family life, employment, and social activities. The articles in this...
Basic information about braille and its importance.
In the past, the braille code for English has had variations from one country to another. Unified English Braille integrates them into a single unified code for all English-speaking countries...
Resources on Spanish Braille
Sources of Braille Books & Materials
In this section parents can learn how to foster literacy in children of all ages.
These braille courses are for sighted family members and professionals who want to learn braille.
For students with deafblindness or multiple disabilities that include blindness, literacy may call for options other than braille or print.
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.
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
Listing of programs for children with disabilities - camps, summer camps, recreational programs, etc.
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.
Resources on making accessible art / culture programs and buildings
Independent living resources including assistive technology, programs, cooking safety, etc.
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...

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