• 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
    Distance Learning
    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 Productshttp://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.
    Duxbury  http://www.duxburysystems.com/products.asp
    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
    Translation Programs 
    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
    CNIB  http://www.cnib.ca/en/your-eyes/eye-conditions/eye-connect/Pages/EyeSimulator.aspx
    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
    Discovery Toyshttp://www.discoverytoys.net/catalog/
    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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