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"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."
Here you will find suggestions for writing SMART goals, Blooms Taxonomy action verbs, as well as goals and objectives in the various areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for teaching students who are blind or visually impaired.
Over the years I've developed a number of pamphlets, handouts, and forms to assist me in communicating with teachers and assist me in completing my job and staying organized. I've assembled the resources on this page. These resources are available for download to support you and your district's visual impairment program.
Ai Squared, a leader in the assistive technology field, offers a variety of free live webinars on free live and recorded webinars on various topics specific to ZoomText. Their training courses provide the option to earn 1.2 Continuing Education Units ICEUs) for $25/participant.
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) A membership organization of people who are blind and visually impaired. Uses advocacy and education to improve the well-being of people who are visually impaired. They publish The Braille Forum, a monthly magazine that is available in various formats. “The Braille Forum” is free to members; companies, schools, libraries, organizations, institutions, non-members and overseas subscribers pay $25 per format per year (but the e-mail version is free to everyone). The ACB also holds an annual conference and convention which includes a trade show of all the latest high- and low-tech devices for blind and visually impaired individuals, a variety of seminars, workshops, and break-out sessions on a variety of topics for parents, students, teachers, braille users, guide dog users, visually impaired entrepreneurs, lawyers, and much more.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a non-profit organization that provides information, directories, publications, and links on visual impairment and blindness issues. They promote employment, independent living, literacy, and technology for people with visual impairments. They also provide referrals to local rehabilitation services. The AFB eLearning Center offers an accessible Learning environment that includes online courses, webinars (both live and archived), and ePublications.
AccessWorld is a branch of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) that offers comprehensive product evaluations, user-friendly explanations of current technology, practical tips on using technologies, news and reports from the field specific to technology. It also features interviews with industry leaders. All current and past issues and articles can be accessed online or through the AFB Access World app, AFBAW.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the worlds’ largest agency devoted solely to creating products and services for people who are visually impaired. Their publications, assistive devices, and materials are available through catalogs and on line. In addition, APH also offers webcasts on a wide range of topics including trainings specific to products offered by APH.
The Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is an international membership organization of professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of children
and adults who are blind and visually impaired. AER offers online courses through the Mangold online program.
Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
The Braille Authority of North America promotes and facilitates the use, teaching and production of braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders opinions pertaining to braille. Publications include the Literary Braille, Computer Braille, Nemeth code, Chemistry Code, Music Code and References on Updates. provides publications available for download.
The Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. They offer free programs, classes and services in Southern California, but also offer online resources about vision loss.
CANnect is a consortium of schools and philanthropists who provide courses designed toward people who are blind or visually impaired. Accessible and comprehensive online courses cover a wide range of subjects specific to visual impairments as well as the core curriculum and workplace tools like spreadsheets and word processing. CANnect solves problems for people with vision impairments so they can get on with learning.
The Carroll Center for the Blind provides help for people who are blind including training and adaptive devices to individuals of all ages who have lost their sight so they can live independent and fulfilling lives. They also offer technical training and low vision products as well as online courses and video tutorials.
The ConsumerAffairs team has developed a guide all about purchasing eyeglasses online. The guide was created to help consumers find verified reviews, compare brands and determine which online eyeglasses best fit their needs.
The primary purpose of the Division of Visual Impairment is to advance the education of individuals with visual impairments and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Specifically, the Division intends: to assist and provide support to The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in all its efforts on behalf of persons with exceptionalities, and to participate in all appropriate governance activities of CEC subject to the general supervision and control of CEC.
Duxbury provides downloadable braille charts at no charge. The charts are meant for summary reference only as there are many rules for producing braille.
Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. Education is a central focus of Envision’s mission but the organization also presents various programs throughout the year for specialists and for students who are blind and visually impaired, including several assistive technology camps for middle and high school students. Their annual conference brings in experts from around the globe to share information, and a series of grand rounds programs focusing on specific areas of low vision.
Eschenbach, leader in low vision aids and magnification devices, offers a professional resource center. The center offers catalogs, brochures, user manuals, training modules, clinical case studies, videos, as well as live and recorded webinars.
Freedom Scientific, the worldwide manufacturer of assistive technology products for those who are blind or have low vision, offers training and certification opportunities specific to technology on their website through a combination of free and paid webinars.
Hadley School for the Blind promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. Offers over 100 distance education courses in four program areas: Adult Continuing Education, High School, Family Education and Professional Studies. Tuition-free for students who are blind or visually impaired and their family members. Modest tuition for professionals. Also provides free webinars on a variety of subjects of interest to people with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential. Their website includes information that is relevant not only to ICEVI in general, but, most importantly, to the activities that take place in the seven regions of ICEVI: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America/Caribbean, Pacific, and West Asia.
Lighthouse International provides vision rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy. It can refer you to service providers in your area. Lighthouse provides professional development and public education. It also conducts researching the area of visual impairments.
Lions Clubs is the world's largest service club organization. Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. For nearly 100 years, their members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
“The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States. Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.”
National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI) offers courses designed for professionals who are working in or with the field of rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Most are available through PowerPoint slide and lecture. In order to get continuing education credit,the student must complete a full course, pass the quiz with a score of at least 80% and complete a course evaluation.
The Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE) is committed to improving education for people with visual disabilities. In addition to in-person and online training and professional development (see their University of Massachusetts listing under Professional Preparation Programs), they host an employment board, professional directory, and Listserv. Although their focus is on the Northeast Region of the United States, they provide valuable information and current news and events that are applicable to all regions.
Paths to Literacy is a collaborative project between the Perkins School for the Blind and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). These two schools have combined their resources and expertise in order to assist educators and families in providing literacy experiences for children who are blind or visually impaired. Information includes an overview of literacy and challenges specific to students who are visually impaired. Join their blog for the latest information!
The Perkins School for the Blind produces a number of publications, workbooks and instructional tools for blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or with multiple disabilities. Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program, materials designed to teach early literacy skills to children with visual impairments. Additionally, Perkins offers webinars presented by experts in the field of visual impairments and deafblindness that are broadcast live and free through the Perkins training & Educational Resources Program.
Positive Eye director, Gwyneth McCormack, provides training and consultation to Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments across the UK. In addition to courses, she offers a Shared Ideas page with great activity suggestions on a range of topics specific to working with students who are blind or visually impaired as well as a Top Access Tips page with curriculum access suggestions.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind is a UK charity that provides information, support, products and advice to people with visual impairments. Publishes guides, catalogs and information packets.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is a comprehensive web site with many resources for children with visual impairments, their families, their families, and the professionals who collaborate with them. Provides curriculum/publications and the See/Hear Newsletter.
TSBVI also provides an assessment, Quality Assessments for the Visually Impaired (QPVI), for VI Programs on determining caseload size to ensure a quality program. They provide detailed information on conducting a caseload analysis. This assessment helps programs create equitable caseloads and determining the need for additional VI staff.
If you're looking for professional development credits and need a refresher in Unified English Braille (UEB), consider taking the UEBOT course. The UEBOT Course will enable individuals familiar with EBAE to gain training with flexibility in scheduling and completion to become proficient in Unified English Braille (UEB). The course content includes PDF documents, BRF documents, slideshows with audio lectures, integrated quiz questions and automated grading. All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. 10 ACVREP Professional Development credits will be issued upon completion of the course at no additional cost. Courses begin on the first and end on the last day of each month.
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