Blindness/Visual Impairment

Accommodations and Modifications at a Glance
This guide provides information regarding access to both written and oral instruction and demonstrations in all subject matter that will help a student better understand the instruction provided by the regular education teacher.
Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind

Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library
A wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials are available free of charge to Arizona school personnel.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Classroom Strategies for Regular Education Teachers Who Have Students with Visual Impairments
This list of strategies is focused around treating the student the same as any other student and setting the
example that will encourage classmates to do the same.
Publication Date: Updated April 2010
Publisher: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Educating Blind and Visually Impaired Students: Policy Guidance from OSERS
This notice provides information to educators in meeting their obligations to ensure that blind and visually impaired students receive appropriate educational services in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their unique needs.
Publication Date: June 2000
Publisher: Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Effective Classroom Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments
This article discusses strategies for including students with visual impairments into general education settings.
Authors: Penny R. Cox and Mary K. Dykes
Publication Date: 2001
Publisher: Council for Exceptional Children

O&M Checklist for VI Teacher
This checklist includes sample activities which VI Teachers can use to screen a student in determining the need for a formal evaluation by a certified O&M Instructor.
Author: Diane Bames
Publication Date: Updated February 2013
Publisher: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Strategies for Helping Children with Visual Impairments to Develop Listening Skills
This article describes how listening skill development will improve awareness and understanding of the environment, increasing security, and encouraging curiosity for children with visual impairments in their early school experiences.
Author: Lizbeth Barclay 
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind

The Central Role of the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
This article points out the roles and responsibilities of teachers of students with visual impairments and explains the relationship between the teacher and the child’s parents.
Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness
This fact sheet defines, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability.
November 2012
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities