Teaching Resources

ASHA explains the nature of feeding and swallowing disorders, their signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Short videos that give brief overviews about assistive technology in FSDB classrooms, showing how and why the devices support learning. Includes the Braille Notetaker, interactive whiteboards, and Mountbatten braille writer.

Child-driven assessment techniques for working with children who are congenitally deafblind. The author discusses the importance of knowing about the development of vision and hearing skills and possible implications of clinical findings.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

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

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Future Reflections, 2013.

Teacher and consumer Heather Field explains her Hands Only approach for teaching braille to children with low vision.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Chapter from an online book; includes definitions, factors that affect functional vision, a list of eight areas for assessment, and much more.

Source: Low Vision Online

Lists the seven functions that comprise the spectrum of visual functioning.

Source: Scottish Sensory Centre

An explanation of the functional field of vision test, with definitions of terms.

Source: Lea-Test

Darick Wright explains the essential components of a functional vision assessment and illustrates them with specific examples. The workshop materials are listed along with other assessment tools and include PDFs of a slideshow, handouts, and evaluation tools.

Source: Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (British Columbia)

Darick Wright, Coordinator of New England Eye Clinic, offers a multimedia overview of the essential components of a functional vision assessment. Includes printable assessment worksheets.

Source: SET-BC (Special Education Technology-British Columbia)

A quick outline of the components of an assessment and their importance. Also available in Spanish.

Source: FamilyConnectfamilyconnec

A fact sheet on functional assessment for children with deafblindness by Dr. Irene L. Troper.

Source: Colorado Department of Education; Colorado Services to Children with Deafblindness

Darick Wright explains the essential components of a functional vision assessment and illustrates them with specific examples. For handouts, visit http://www.prcvi.org/files/workshops/FVAhandouts.pdf

Source: Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired

A functional vision assessment helps parents understand their child's visual abilities and how to make the most of them in various settings.

Source: Vision Australia

A bibliography of materials on functional vision; some include online text.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

A teacher's list of materials to assemble to create assessment kits; one for readers and one for students who don't yet read.

Source: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Chris Tabb offers tips on encouraging purposeful movement, developing sensory efficiency, and grasping concepts as lessons of O&M for students with significant disabilities.

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

Organized by grade level, the topics include the Amazon, Mexico, Gaza, Okavango, Tarantulas, the White House, and Wildlife Refuges.

Source: National Geographic Society

The 6-foot relief globe in the Perkins History Museum was made for the school's students in 1837, and may be the oldest such globe in the United States.

Source: Perkins History Museum, Perkins School for the Blind

This page describes the book Touch the Sun, which allows blind and visually impaired students to experience images of the sun and solar activity by feeling transparent raised textures bonded to the pictures.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)