Resources for Families and Students that receive PPS Vision Support
Low Vision/Blind Related
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind http://www.pablind.org/ Resources and information to assist those impacted by low vision and blindness
PaTTAN Resources www.pattan.net Professional development/training, resources, lending library, etc.
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; A variety of adult and child focused services that include summer camps, orientation & mobility services, vocational rehab, independence skills, job readiness/training, and much more http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/blindness_and_visual_services/10367
Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh https://www.bvrspittsburgh.org Services include low vision services, personal adjustment to blindness training, access technology for seniors and youth, employment skills, vision screening, day programs
American Foundation for the Blind www.afb.org Resources, information, career connections, mentors available for students, families, professionals. Braille Bug- intro to braille for families and others interested in the code
National Foundation for the Blind (NFB) https://nfb.org Empowering persons who are blind, networking opportunities, conferences, access info to products and technology, publications, membership opportunity, etc.
American Printing House for the Blind www.aph.org a variety of products and resources for students, professionals and families
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired http://tsbvi.edu/ a variety of educator and family focused resources
National Organization of Albinism & Hypopigmentation (NOAH) - http://www.albinism.org mission is to act as a conduit for accurate and authoritative information about all aspects of living with albinism and to provide a place where people with albinism and their families, in the United States and Canada, can find acceptance, support and fellowship.
National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003029.htm health topics related to vision
The Hadley School for the Blind http://www.hadley.edu/default.asp promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.
Perkins School for the Blind http://www.perkins.org Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. Support resources.
Braille Through Remote Learning- http://www.brl.org/index.html has look-ups for contractions and on line learning for those who want to learn braille
Your Tech Vision http://www.yourtechvision.com/products/web-site-resources Web site resources for the blind
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults https://actionfund.org/
assists persons that are blind and deaf-blind in securing reading matter, to educate the public about blindness, to provide specialized aids and appliances to the blind, to give consultation to governmental and private agencies serving the blind, to offer assistance to those losing vision in their later years, to offer services to blind children and their parents, and to work toward improving the quality of life for the blind and deaf-blind.
The International Association for Geoscience Diversity http://www.theiagd.org/ Accessible science: mission is to improve access to the geosciences for individuals with disabilities and promote communities of inclusive research, instruction and student support
Accessible Physics: http://cnx.org/content/col11294/latest/
Books, Digital Books
Seedlings Braille Books for Children www.seedlings.org books and gifts for braille enthusiasts
Beulah Reimer Legacy (BRL) http://www.beulahreimerlegacy.com/ sells print/braille children's picture books and flash cards at an affordable cost.
Braille Bookstore http://www.braillebookstore.com/view.php?C=Braille+Bookstore over two thousand books in braille available for all ages and interests
Learning Ally http://www.learningally.org/ Recreational and curriculum based digital book resource for members, app/smart device friendly
Bookshare https://www.bookshare.org/cms an accessible online library for members
Sensational books http://sensationalbooks.com/products.html Tactile drawing materials/tools, books, posters, and other products
Web braille at loc.gov/nls/braille –thousands of braille books ready to be downloaded or used on adaptive laptop.
Sports and Recreation
VIP Sports http://www.rockalumnicafe.com provided various sports and recreation opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp http://www.beaconlodge.com/ provides families with visually impaired children an opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about their child’s visual impairment, and to spend time with other families or children who share common concerns. Summer camp opportunities are available.
Woodlands www.mywoodlands.org/ Adapted Fitness, Indoor Heated Pool
Activities: Socialization, Independence, Recreation, Self-perception, Health/wellness, Wexford, PA
Global Explorers http://www.globalexplorers.org/programs/leading_the_way world travel/leadership adventures for students 15+ yrs old that are blind/low vision
Disability Related Products, Braille Products and Gifts
American Printing House for the Blind http://www.aph.org/ Books, magazines, products
Exchange site for getting free items: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sightexchange/
Braille Jewelry http://www.braillejewelry.com/ jewelry, gifts and specialty items
Handiworks http://www.handiworks.com/ Specialty Products for Persons Who Are Blind & Visually Impaired
LSS Products http://www.lssproducts.com/ A catalog of products for the visually impaired and hard of hearing
Ann Morris http://www.annmorris.com/ Resources for books, magnification, etc.
Maxi aids Products for Independent Living
www. Maxiaids.com 1.800.522.6294 This company has lots of items that might be of interest including balls, braille books, games, and toys/educational toys, etc.
can download Perky Duck free to practice writing braille
Blog for success: A blog where parents and teachers come together to tell about their experiences:
Color Vision testing http://colorvisiontesting.com/
Braille Music: http://www.brl.org/music/index.html
Freedom Scientific http://www.freedomscientific.com Technology & Devices for persons who have low or no vision
Large Cursors http://www.philip-henderson.co.uk/cursor.shtml large cursors for left and right
Accessible Electronics http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
Text to Speech http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm Balaboka is a free text to speech reader
Don Johnston http://donjohnston.com/ Read Out Loud and other accessible read/write resources and products
MeeGenius app on the ipad will read and highlight words out loud
Kurzweil https://www.kurzweiledu.com/default.html Kurzweil- a variety of products that offer literary solutions to meet the needs of every learner who experiences low vision or blindness
NVDA - http://www.nvaccess.org/download/ free download screen readers
Thunder - http://www.screenreader.net/index.php?pageid=11 free download screen readers
Braille translation http://www.brailletranslator.org/
Braille Works https://brailleworks.com/braille/?gclid=CNCOrez7888CFckkhgodolUIKw
Free Translation http://www.freetranslation.com/
Translation 2 http://translation2.paralink.com/
Braille Dictionary http://www.brl.org/refdesk/conlookup.html Braille translation lookup dictionary
Vision Loss Simulation
Braille Cheat Sheets and other technology resources
National Braille Press- books, tactile and other items. www.nbp.org
Everything Braille www.everythingbraille.com
database of braille items, touch and learn items, books
National Deaf-Blind Consortium - http://www.nationaldb.org/ resources, technical assistance and support
Project SALUTE - http://www.projectsalute.net/index.html adaptations, handouts on coactive signs, tactile signs, etc.
Design to Learn - http://www.designtolearn.com/
Assessment tools, communication aids, tactile symbol resources and ideas
Project PLAI (Promoting Learning Through Active Interaction) - http://www.deafblind.com/earlyint.html
SKI HI Institute - http://www.skihi.org/ a group of dedicated individuals whose goal is to enhance the lives of young children with special needs, their families, and care givers
Parenting Children with Visual Impairments suggestions taken from http://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/parent-resource-books.html
Holbrook, M. Cay. Children with Visual Impairments: A Parents' Guide (Special Needs Collection). Woodbine House, 1995. Topics include: diagnosis and treatment; family life and adjustment; your child's development; Early Intervention and Special Education; literacy; Orientation & Mobility; multiple and visual disabilities; legal issues and planning for the future.
Anthony, Chen, Fazzi, et al. First Steps. The Blind Children's Center, 1993). This handbook for teaching young children who are visually impaired provides a foundation and an overview of issues and concerns to families. Topics include early childhood development, professionals, the eye, the family, behavior management, speech/language, sensorimotor development, O&M skills, self-help skills, IEPs and materials and devices for children with visual impairments.
Curran, Eileen. Just Enough to Know Better: A Braille Primer. Natl Braille Pr; Braille edition, 1988. This book is designed to teach parents and caregivers the basics of braille. Through sight, you will learn to identify braille alphabet, numbers, contractions, and even a few exceptions to braille rules. It includes exercises in braille, flashcards and a cheat-sheet.
Recchia, Susan L. Learning to Play. Blind Children's Center, 1987. The booklet focuses on exploring toys and materials, making transitions from one activity to another and playing with other children.
Schwarts and Miller. The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with special Needs: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Woodbine House, 1996. A guide about using everyday toys to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and making playtime a fun, exciting and educational experience.
Dobson-Burk, Bonnie. Orientation and Mobility Primer for Families and Young Children. American Foundation for the Blind, 1989. This book describes the skills children with visual impairments need to move safely and efficiently. Includes sensory training, concept development, motor development, and orientation skills. It also includes suggestions for encouraging a child to move, to identify the sources of sounds, to keep track of objects, and to play successfully with others.
Ferrell, Kay. Reach Out and Teach AFB Press, 2011. This guide teaches parents and teachers how to promote the development of young children with visual and multiple impairments.
Sullivan, Tom. Special Parent, Special Child. Tarcher, 1996. In this book, parents of children with disabilities share their trails and discoveries with others, revealing their special struggles, their methods for overcoming problems, and their advice to others.
Philo, Jolene. Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs. Jolene Philo offers guidance and encouragement through biblical insights and her own personal experiences. The book helps the reader find spiritual wisdom, practical resources, and tools that can help you become an extraordinary advocate for your child.
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