When a person who has previously had normal vision loses their vision, it is a major life event. The individual may go through stages of grief and acceptance. Each person adjust to vision loss differently. This page overviews the psychological impact.
People who are sighted can often feel apprehensive when encountering, conversing with or teaching a student who is blind or visually impaired. This page provides suggestions on what to do when you interact with or talk about a person who is blind or visually impaired.
If you are a resident of the United States, there are some financial assistance programs available to persons with disabilities including those with visual impairments and their families. This page lists financial resources available in the United States.
Free Matter for the Blind
If the student is legally blind, remember that he is entitled to send and receive certain materials through the US Postal Service for free. Materials such as textbooks, educational materials, Braille letters, and books on tape from The Library for the Blind may be mailed without postage. The package/envelope must have the words "free matter for the blind" stamped or handwritten on them. It is important to remember that these materials must be for the use of someone who is legally blind so be cautious.
Resources to Support You in Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Sign up for free membership to access the FREE downloadable handbooks and handouts on the Free Printables page along with access to the Goal Bank pages. Simply click on the Log In | Register link in the navigation bar. If you haven't joined yet, you will be prompted to create a password.
The mission of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments is to provide all persons involved in education students who are blind or visually impaired with the necessary resources to help each student become successful members of their communities and to equip those in the visual impairment field with resources to meet the wide range of needs of the students they serve.