Best Practices Resources

These resources collect material on best practices for teachers and other professionals who work with students who are visually impaired or who have multiple disabilities.

This video clip from WSSB shows Greg Williams, Ph.D., from Independence Science discusses how to safely organize and set up a laboratory bench for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

Geerat J. Vermeij, a blind marine biologist who teaches at the University of California at Davis, discusses what a blind person needs in order to succeed in science.

Source: Braille Monitor (2004) National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

A recording of Faye Gonzalez's 2014 presentation on integrating sensory and literacy activities to improve communication skills. Continuing Education credits may be purchased, but the content is freely available.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webinar

Eileen Hammar and Anne Malatchi list seven ways to make the IEP team an effective one; available in Spanish.

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

This webpage offers guidelines for determining the best intervention for sleep disorders; includes links to related resources and articles.

Source: Utah Collaborative Medical Home Project

In this 26-page PDF document, the Coalition sets out the basic standards for audio description, with adaptations for description of live events, video, and museums and exhibits.

Source: Audio Descriptions Coalition

This series of videos provides information on how to use the “sighted guide technique” to guide someone with vision loss while working, as well as how to offer assistance in various situations.  Videos include: Step 1: Introduction to Sighted Guide; Step 2: Basic Sighted Guide Techniques; Step 3: Going Through Doors; Step 4: Seating; Step-by-Step: Other Useful Guiding Tips; Step-by-Step: Safety; Step-by-Step: Additional Guiding Tips.

Source: CNIB

This guide focuses on the development of student portfolios to document "accomplishments, needed adaptations, modifications, and accommodations, including transition to the next environment or postsecondary environments." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Kansas State Board of Education

Charity Rowland and Philip Schweigert provide an in-depth introduction to tangible symbol systems in this downloadable PDF of their book, including their purpose, receptive and expressive communication, getting started, and monitoring progress.

Source: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) – Ideas that Work, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilitie

This article offers specific suggestions for teaching your child bathing and dressing skills.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Sheryl Burgstahler examines some of the specific challenges that students with disabilities face in both gaining and demonstrating knowledge. She lists accommodation suggestions for students with visual impairments.

Source: University of Washington

This section of the TSBVI website, created by Susan Osterhaus, is one of the most comprehensive online resources on math education for students who are blind or visually impaired.

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

O&M Specialist and innovator Doug Baldwin shares his expertise and wisdom in this eBook.

This article describes the Purdue's VISIONS Lab, (Visually Impaired Students Initiative on Science), which is a research laboratory dedicated to providing access to the numerous science courses at the university.

Source: Information Technology and Disabilities Journal, 3 (4) 1996

Matt and DeAnn Foley list the most common mistakes that parents making during the IEP meeting and offers suggestions for how to address these; available in Spanish.

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

Former president of New Jersey Parents of Blind Children provides detailed advice and recommendations to general education teachers.

Source: "Future Reflections," (1996) National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This special issue of Future Reflections is devoted to the first years of a child's life. It includes sections on learning at home, movement and mobility, touch, literacy, and formal education.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This document by Sharon Nichols offers a basic introduction to IEPs, including who is responsible for developing the IEP, what must be on it, what information must be considered as the IEP is developed, and the role parents can play on the team.

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

A rehabilitation program in Brazil that fosters collaboration between the home and school to teach children daily living skills.

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

Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO of the World Blind Union (WBU), presents an overview of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the challenges faced in ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast