Visual Impairment and Blindness Resources

These resources cover the basics of visual impairment and blindness, covering the causes, as well as definitions of professional and medical terminology, descriptions of vision examination procedures, simulations, statistics, and recommendations for protecting the eyes and vision. This section also includes information on support groups for parents, families, and consumers, along with advice for environmental adaptations and tips for living with blindness and visual impairment.

For educational resources, please visit the sections grouped under Teaching Resources.

Information for parents on types of visual impairments, how children with visual impairments learn, with additional tips and resources

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Advice for seniors on the low vision examination, questions to be prepared for, low vision aids likely to be prescribed, and services that help after diagnosis.

Source: VisionAware

A quick look at the training and skills of different eye care specialists.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Understanding how disability affects people in villages, small towns, and cities, and the role of community-based rehabilitation in delivering services; in simplified language.

Source: Independent Living Institute

An overview of diabetes.

Source: VisionAware

Jean Bugbee shares her experiences using the Active Learning Approach with her adopted daughter, Renee.

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Guidelines for treating people with blindness courteously and considerately.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

This article by David Wiley and Kate Moss “discusses the importance of building highly motivating instructional elements into daily programming in order to improve the students’ openness to instruction.”

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

In a 2011 update of their original position statement, ACB outlines its principal beliefs in regard to rehabilitative services to individuals who are blind.

Source: American Council of the Blind (ACB)

For middle school students, a downloadable book with tips, puzzles, activities, and more.

Source: National Eye Institute

Information for families on:

  • Dealing with the Diagnosis When Your Child Has a Visual Impairment
  • Advocating for Your Blind Child
  • Eye Care Professionals Who May Work with Your Child
  • Low Vision Devices: An Overview
  • Common Abbreviations Used by Eye Care Specialists
  • The Human Eye: A Diagram
  • Visual Impairment: An Overview
  • Low Vision Services: An Overview
Source: FamilyConnect

Represents the interests of more than 160 million individuals who are blind or partially sighted; 177 member countries.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Medford, New Jersey
Phone: 609-654-8225
Source: YMCA Camps

Mary McDonach explains the pattern of speech development in which children repeat what has been said to them.

Source: Wonder Baby

FamilyConnect describes the role of each member of the educational team. There are links to related documents, including strategies for success, the role of the paraprofessional and the TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired).

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This page describes the essential elements of the IEP, offers checklists of keys points, what to do before, during and after an IEP meeting, a checklist of key points, and advice for keeping educational records.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Family-friendly information on eye doctors and exams, common eye conditions and their symptoms, glasses, and contact lenses.

Source: KidsHealth

Kitchen organization ideas and simple steps for streamlining kitchen chores, written with seniors in mind.

Source: VisionAware

Blogger Erin shares a thorough and honest, explanation of her low vision experience, and goes beyond ophthalmic explanations into real day-to-day life with visual impairment. She includes many photographs that illustrate how she views her environment.

Source: A Number of Things