Resources for Teachers of the Visually Impaired and School Personnel

Testing: Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessments

Infant-Preschool Assessment materials are listed under the heading, Preschool and Assessment Tools.

Lists numerous assessment tools related to the social skills, academic, visual skills, assistive technology skills, etc. Also, it lists assessment tools for students with additional disabilities.

This tool assists the teacher in performing a learning media assessment.

Provides guidelines to assess children with multiple impairments, including blindness. It gives strategies for developing IEPs, adapting material and environments and the use of visual symbols. It also addresses special considerations that should be given when working with students with TBI, CVI and severe motor impairments. Explain about the need for these children to receive early intervention services.

This informal assessment kit is a comprehensive educational assessment tools for performing a FVA. It evaluates the areas of practical academics, basic skills and the ECC

The rubric contains all the key components for performing an FVA, LMA and ECC assessment. It covers assessments for birth-3 years, 3-8 years, 5-22 years and multiple disabilities/deaf-blind. There is a rationale for every component and materials that can be used to assess that part of the assessment. Excellent and comprehensive assessment tool.

Michigan’s Vision Severity Rating Scales (2013 ) is a system that aids the teacher in determining the degree of intervention required to meet the student’s needs. These rating scales address students with and without additional disabilities. Another rating scale addresses the degree of O&M intervention necessary to meet a student’s needs.

The California Reading Standards for braille readers: grades K-12. California was the first state to implement these standards. Other states have since adopted similar standards for braille reading and math.

The California Math Standards for braille readers.


Educational Adaptations

braille text reading

It guides the team in deciding which technology would be most appropriate in meeting the needs of the student.

This booklet offers a number of videos showing how to utilize Dr. Nielsen’s multi-sensory method of learning when teaching students with multiple impairments.   In addition to the videos, it has links to articles, books, handouts and other related materials. di ingrandimento

A paper that addresses the inclusion of students with visual impairments.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers numerous resources to help with recognizing the needs and planning for different aspects in a person’s life. Some of the titles include the following: (1) Multiple Impairments; (2) Independent Living Skills Activities; (3) Elementary Concepts; (4) Career Education; (5) Communication Skills; (6) Orientation and Mobility Skills (TAPS); (7) Transition to Adult Life and many more good resources.

Assistive Technology

Blind person working on computer with braille display and screen

A checklist containing environmental factors that can affect a child’s ability to learn.

This checklist aids teachers in determining the AT equipment and/or services that will meet the needs of the student.

An extensive resource that shows how technology can assist any school-age student with a visual or other disability in assessing the curriculum. This is an invaluable resource for teachers.

Provides tutorials for some software, summarizes legislation regarding assistive technology and gives variables to consider when selecting appropriate assistive technology.


This website allows one to view assistive technology products by manufacturer, category or task. The category fact sheets give a brief summary of the AT products and features of the different models. It offers shows a visual display of items product in a table display, too.

AccessWorld is AFB’s monthly publication on assistive technology for persons with visual impairments.

Formerly RFDB, Members of Learning Ally can receive textbooks and literature on audio.

Three excellent apps for the iPad: (1) The Big Browser; (2) VisionSim and (3) VIA (Visually Impaired Apps). The Big Browser will allow the persons with low vision to navigate on the iPad. VisionSim allows persons to see how those with certain visual impairments see the world. My favorite is the VIA which gives one a large array of apps available to persons with visual impaired. Well categorized and easy to find what one desires.