General Teaching Tips Resources

These resources for teachers offer advice, professional supports, and explanation of team roles and responsibilities in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Suggestions for classroom teachers serving students with low vision.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Elizabeth Hartmann focuses on three main aspects of environments in this article (page 3): space, people, and time. Giving each appropriate attention "make them more conducive to meaningful communication" for children with deafblindness.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

Earn your continuing education points through this 3-part tutorial on Universal Design for Learning, featuring Perkins' popular Accessible Science curriculum, as well as methods for adapting physical education activities.

Source: Perkins eLearning Tutorials

Educators Alan J. Koenig, Mary Jean Sanspree, and M. Cay Holbrook state "the position of DVI regarding the determination of the reading medium for students with visual impairments."

Source: American Federation for the Blind (AFB)

Barbara Miles and Barbara McLetchie describe types of concepts and the relationships, attitudes, and environments that promote their development in students who are deafblind; in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Aimed at educators of children with visual impairments or deafblindness, this publication has advice for the classroom and the team meeting room. Available in PDF or Word formats.

Source: The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Susan Osterhaus offers suggestions for materials, activities, and resources to help young children develop simple mathematical concepts.

Source: Susan's Math Technology Corner, Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

Basic advice for teachers and tutors on working with a student who is blind or visually impaired.

CECDVI outlines their belief "that special consideration must be given to the issues facing those who are twice exceptional." A position paper by Stuart Omdal, Sandra K. Ruconich, Kay Alicyn Ferrell, and Anne L. Corn. 


Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)

Future Reflections (1985)

This checklist prepared by Nebraska Advocacy Services contains both the legal requirements that define the IEP process and some common sense issues that parents may wish to consider during the IEP preparation and meetings. A later (1995) version prepared by Maryland Disability Law Center is linked here.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This 5-page position paper (Word doc) by Rosanne Silberman and Sharon Sacks outlines the competencies for teachers of students with visual impairments, and the additional skills necessary when children have other disabilities.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)

Future Reflections (2005) – National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Leslie Seid Margolis provides an overview of extended school year (ESY) services, including federal law and policies, eligibility criteria, building a case for ESY, due process challenges to denial of ESY services, and practical issues.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

A wealth of information about eye diseases and conditions, including links to many resources.

Source: New York Institute for Special Education

Fact sheets on all aspects of deafblindness, including communication, routines, the importance of touch, and more.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

Tips for general education teachers who have a student who is blind or visually impaired in the classroom

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

This 42-page PDF manual is excellent for families, administrators, and general education teachers who need to understand how educational services are delivered to students with visual impairments 

Source: Virginia Department of Education

This article offers practical tips for helping a child to be more independent in the bathroom, including how to use unfamiliar bathrooms.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Find out more about the history of teaching science at Perkins School for the Blind, including a tactile museum featuring objects from the natural world and science disciplines.

Source: Perkins History Museum—Perkins School for the Blind

Authored by Kay L. Clarke of the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education, this downloadable booklet includes detailed instructions for creating structures for safe and independent play.

Source: Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

An Austin college professor creates an open-access tutorial for physics students.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education