CVI & Multiple Disability Resource Books
The following are resource books and online resources specific to working with students who are blind or visually impaired with CVI or multiple disabilities. If there are additional resource books you feel should be listed here, please let me know.
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Gense, D. Jay & Gense, Marilyn H. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students' Learning Needs. AFB, 2005. This resource book focuses on the complex and varied effects on learning and behavior that result when a child with an autism spectrum disorder is also visually impaired. The book looks at how autism spectrum disorders interact with visual impairments.
Ferrell, Kay. Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training needs of Parents of Visually/Multiply Handicapped Young Children. American Foundation for the Blind, 2011. This revised edition teaches parents and teachers how to promote the development of young children with visual and multiple impairments with today's family concerns the latest research. Includes strategies to promote children's skills and preparation for different stages.
Lueck, Amanda Hall. Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children. American Foundation for the Blind, 2015. Cerebral visual impairment, also known as cortical visual impairment, or CVI, has become the most common cause of visual impairment in children in the United States and the developed world. Vision and the Brain is a unique and comprehensive sourcebook of current knowledge about CVI and best practices for working with children. Expert contributors from many countries illuminate the complexities of vision loss related to brain injury and neurological causes and provide readers with approaches to assessment and intervention.
Roman-Lantz, Christine. Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention. American Foundation for the Blind, 2007. This resource book includes a unique assessment tool developed by Christine Roman-Lantzy and systematic, targeted principles to help students with cortical visual impairment. Includes a framework with which to understand working with CVI and concrete strategies in working with these students.
Roman-Lantz, Christine. Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles, APH Press, 2019. This is a companion book to "Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention." The book dives deeper into topics that are extensions of the original concepts. It offers an in-depth examination of the needs of students and individuals with CVI in areas such as literacy, social skills, and O&M, while also addressing the demands of students with CVI and other disabilities, such as complex communication needs and hearing loss. The authors consider students with CVI in the context of their entire day to see how the tasks they perform, the interactions they have, and the environments they encounter can be evaluated and adapted to help them build their visual skills and experience success.
Roman-Lantz, Christine. Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd edition. American Foundation for the Blind, 2018. The new and revised content in this second edition brings the book up-to-date with new research and insights into CVI, its development and progression, and the best approaches to assessment and intervention with children affected by this condition. As in the previous edition, assessment forms, including the CVI Range and CVI Progress Chart, provide a comprehensive method for evaluating the functional vision status of, and program planning for, children with CVI.
Sacks, Sharon. Educating Students Who Have Visual Impairments with Other Disabilities. Paul H Brooks, 18. A useful tool in understanding and planning educationally for students with visual impairments in addition to other disabilities. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the unique needs of students in both regular and special education classes with visual impairments.
Sacks, Sharon Z. and Zatta, Mary C. Keys to Educational Success: Teaching students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities AFB Press 2016. Every student has unique learning needs, but addressing the diverse needs of students who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities can be particularly challenging for teachers. Keys to Educational Success helps educators unlock the learning potential of their students by providing key program strategies that can be directly applied to classroom learning routines.
Sheline, Diane. Strategy to See. VeriNova LLC, 2016. Strategy To See is a resource book for parents/caretakers, educators and medical personnel (including but not limited to TVIs, COMS, PTs, OTs, Speech Therapists, Music Therapists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, low vision specialists and Special Education Teachers) of students from birth to 22 years who have a diagnosis of Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment or C/CVI. It offers specific strategies and discusses topics including brain plasticity, the importance of early intervention, the use of the CVI Skills, development of IEP Goals and Objectives and several printable handouts are provided.
Smith and Levack. Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments: A Resource Guide. Texas School for the Blind, 1996. This resource guide was written for VI certified teachers serving students in regular, special ed, and resource classrooms. Includes assessment guidelines and strategies for IEP development and instruction. It also includes information on adapting materials and the environment and creating tactual and visual symbols.
Tallent, Aubri. Little Bear Sees. Little Bear Sees Publishing, of Wyatt-MacKenzie (June 1, 2012). This book about CVI was written by parents for parents. The book explains CVI and the common characteristics, how the eyes and brain work together and provides strategies and ideas for helping the child learn to use his or her vision.
Simplify Roman Bubble Font T-Shirt
This T-Shirt is in black with the word "simplify" in Roman Bubble Font. The text is white and the bubble is bright yellow on the black background.
Each shirt design is custom-made and hand-pressed. The shirt is incredibly soft and slightly stretchy. Order a size up if you like a looser fit.
The shirt is a Bella+Canvas short sleeve t-shirt made with side seams for added structure & fit unisex sizing, and shoulder taping. It is 100% combed ring-spun cotton with unisex style and is super soft and comfortable! It features a tear-away label if you prefer label-free shirts and it is pre-shrunk. The vinyl decorations are in white and yellow.
If the size you need is sold out, please contact me so I can email you when the size you would like is available, or check back soon for availability. Also, contact me if you need me to create an order for your team.
Turn inside out. Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach. Do not iron directly on the design.
Note: I do not retain stock of 2XL-4XL shirts, but I can order them and custom create it for you at a slightly higher price dependent on supplier's fees for larger sizes. Contact me directly for current pricing.
Small Simplify Black Canvas Pouch
Express your love of all things related to visual impairments with these 8.3 x 4.7-inch canvas zipper pouch/pen pouch. The "Simplify" pouch features Roman font high contrast lettering with bright yellow and white on a black canvas pouch.
The pencil case is made from high-quality thick cotton canvas, which is lightweight and durable.. The zipper works smoothly and the seams are properly sewn. It will keep your item safe and tidy. The size is 8.3" X 4.7”, and a small body will keep many contents.
Lettering and images are high-quality heat transfer vinyl.
It can be used for organizing little things in travel and daily life orderly. Such as your cosmetics, keys, coins, and other small accessories. They can be regarded as pencil bags, cosmetic bags, clutch bags well as gift bags.
Strategies & Activities for Students with Severe & Profound Disabilities (SIDPID) Recorded Presentation
This presentation provides instructional and communication strategies for working with students with severe and profound disabilities (SIDPID) who are functioning between a birth to two-year-old level. It also provides suggestions for setting up sensory environments and creating adapted materials, so the student has activities to interact with no matter what position or area of the room they are in. I share lightbox activities and how to use iPads and computers as instructional tools. Finally, I share functional literacy activities that embed sensory experiences that you can create with your students. The activities are appropriate for the classroom but can also be used during distance learning. This presentation is packed full of activities you can begin using immediately with your students!
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History of vi
Vi organizations & Agencies
VI book resources
Individual Learning Differences
Community Based Experiences
Concepts to Teach
Organization & Study Skills
Movies & Assemblies
Lectures & Instruction
Board Work (Chalk, White, etc.)
Numbers & Counting
Cranmer Abacus Instruction
Geometry & Spatial Sense
Measurement & Data
Early Literacy Experiences
Create Tactual Books
Social Studies Adaptations
Accessible Educational Materials
Individual Schedules & Communication Cards
Optical Devices for Near
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Optical Device Use
Pictures & Worksheets
Word Processing and Shortcuts
Navigate Computer w/o a Mouse
Braille Instruction Materials
Summer Reading (braille)
Signature & Handwriting
Nemeth Braille Code
Tactile Graphics Guidelines
Creating Tactile Graphics
Tactile Graphics Instruction
Teacher Made Materials
Overview of Assistive Technology
VI AT Resources
Non-Optical Low Vision Devices
Video Magnifier Instruction
Screen Enlargement & Readers
Low/Med. Tech Tactual Devices
Tactile Graphics Technology
Auditory Access Devices
Accessing Audio Books
iPads as Instructional Tools
Making iOS Device Accessible
iOS Accessibility Resources
Apps for VI
Note Taking apps
Apps for Accessing Books
Navigation & Location Apps
Sound Making Apps
Cause & Effect Apps
Vision Skills Apps
Apps for Early Learning
Read to Me Story Apps
Apps for Communication
Android Apps for VI
Encourage Use of Vision
Sensory Area & Rooms
Sensory Activities for Students with Multiple Disabilities
Visual Efficiency Skills
Visual Attend and Scan Activities
Visual Tracking Activities
Visual Discrimination Activities
Visual Motor Activities
Developing Skillful Hands
Listening Skill Instruction
orientation & Mobility
recreation & Leisure