Dual Sensory Family Forum:
Online forum for families and educators of children with Dual Sensory Impairment or Deafblindness (combined hearing and vision impairment), from the Australian Childhood Vision Register.
The aim of the forum is for families to connect and for professionals to liaise and share information and experiences.
Provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. Including our own SPEVI journal JSPEVI
A blog on Fashion and Lifestyle for blind and partially sighted people, by a young, fashion-loving woman who is herself vision impaired.
Fred's Head blog:
This blog contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people. Fred's Head is offered by the American Printing House for the Blind.
Learning Ally (in the US) is a non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. The website offers solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students, as well as a large collection of audio textbooks and literature.
Looking at You:
Award winning web site created by three students of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their goal is to tell everyone what young blind people can do and to encourage young blind people to become involved in these activities.
Me Myself Eye:
Interactive website that gives people an insight into what life is like for children living with vision impairment and blindness. It involves a wide range of games, books, videos and activities for students, teachers and parents. It uses storytelling to connect people with the experiences of these children, and it does so to promote their inclusion, independence and participation in everyday life. By VisAbility.
Paths to Technology:
Website or “Community of Practice” to assist educators and families in learning and staying current on ever-changing technology for students with visual impairments and blindness. Share information including teacher hints, activities, resources, favorite accessible apps, instructional videos. Perkins School for the Blind (USA).
PPLVR Learning Community Peer-to-peer online network where low vision rehabilitation (LVR) professionals can meet one another, share knowledge and new ideas, discuss challenging cases, and keep current on issues of concern to LVR practitioners. Optometrists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, vision teachers, social workers, psychologists, and other vision rehabilitation and education professionals are invited to join at no cost and participate regularly.
Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education (Australia):
The Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005 was undertaken to determine whether the Standards remain an efficient mechanism for Government to achieve the objectives of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 in the education sector. On 1 August 2012, the Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005, was released as well as the Australian Government Response to the Review.
Sound and Picture (MDVI):
Project around education of children with Multiple Disabilities and Vision Impairment (MDVI). Many are pre/non-verbal or have severe receptive and expressive communicative difficulties sometimes leading to withdrawal or using challenging behaviour as a means of communication. This project has two aims: To empower educators in MDVI by developing modes of communication for these children. And to empower and enable children to play a more active role in their own learning. Comenius Lifelong Learning Programme (EU).
International online resource centre on disability and inclusion. Primarily intended for use by practitioners and academics. Books, journals, manuals, toolkits, reports, posters, audiovisual materials, websites and organisations. Many materials are from developing countries and include both published and unpublished literature not readily available elsewhere.
informative blog posts and whilst not specifically BVI focused, blog often mentions inclusive resources. By Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies (Australia).
Archive of posts to (discontinued) Blog of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment inc. Posts about education and support of children and young people who are blind or have low vision, including children and young people who are deaf-blind and those with vision and additional disabilities.
The Experience of Blind Education: Video documentary showing interviews with professional blind citizens from Australia and New Zealand who share their experiences and thoughts on the essential skills blind students need to access the Australian National Curriculum. Created by Shane Doepel, and with introduction by Kerry O'Brien.
The International Journal of Orientation and Mobility (IJOM):
Peer-reviewed journal that explores issues and contributes new knowledge to the field of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) (including Guide Dog Mobility). The IJOM seeks to strengthen dialog within the O&M field around the world and to facilitate communication among instructors and service providers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Thinking Outside the Light-Box:
Vision Therapy Support Group (Facebook). A safe place for parents to share ideas and ask questions about their child with CVI (cortical visual impairment).
Self-help Resource Center for Vision Loss by the American Foundation for the Blind. Free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends. Information for professionals on a variety of issues related to living with blindness or low vision.
Vision Loss website:
Portal by Guide Dogs Australia with information regarding vision loss, treatments, technology, research, forums. For professionals, clients and parents of children with a vision loss.
WonderBaby.orgWebsite dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. A database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families. It is primarily an online resource for parents of young children with visual impairments as well as multiple disabilities, but a lot of vision support teachers and professionals find the website helpful too. Funded by Perkins School for the Blind.