On this webpage you will find links to eLearning courses online, to instructional videos and podcasts, and to documents about educational strategies and projects.
- Accessible Science Website with activities and resources for accessible science lessons in the categories Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Engineering and Technology, and Physical Science. Perkins eLearning.
- Accessible UEB Online: Free online Unified English Braille training program for learners with vision impairment and other print disabilities. The E-Learning program includes 30 braille lessons that commence with an introduction to the basics of braille (alphabet and numbers), followed by a sequence of lessons that address all aspects of the Unified English Braille (UEB) code. Use of a screen reader (e.g. NVDA, JAWS) is required, with the optional use of a refreshable braille display. Optional certificates of completion are available from RIDBC for a small fee. Developed by RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney, Australia.
- BLENNZ videos The public video collection of the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) offers short videos about a wide range of interesting subjects relating to students with vision impairment.
- EASI: US not for profit provider of online training on adaptive technology and how institutions can provide barrier-free computer and information technology systems for persons with disabilities. Podcasts, Webinars and Online Courses.
- Emerald Education Systems: Online education and Low Vision rehabilitation courses, including by GN Dutton, Keynote speaker at the 2013 SPEVI conference. Some free, some for a fee, such as his course Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: A Practical Approach, about the causes of CVI, challenges a child with CVI is faced with daily, and intervention strategies for parents and teachers to help the child cope with CVI.
- Perkins eLearning Perkins Training and Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. Comprehensive, accessible professional development on topics ranging from academic and vocational skills, to compensatory and adaptive skills, and beyond.
- Perkins webinars and videos Perkins free video presentations for parents and teachers of students with vision impairment cover a wide range of subjects. Regularly updated.
- 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.
- Renwick Centre: RIDBC Renwick Centre is a centre for research and professional studies in the field of education of children with sensory disabilities. Online learning programs including interactive lectures, audio and video resources etc. Conferences, seminars and workshops available for teachers, therapists, professionals, and others who work with children with sensory impairments.
- SVRC YouTube Channel Centre: Video Tutorials and Training videos by State Wide Vision resource Centre, Victoria (Australia). Varied subjects. For teachers, aides, and families connected to students with vision impairment.
- Teaching Braille reading fluency.....virtually: American YouTube video to get an idea of how to teach Braille reading virtually and increase your student's skills. By Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D., CEO, TechVision, LLC.
- TechVision: Both free and reasonably priced paid lessons as well as a blog on using excel, word and power point with screen readers along with some excellent tools for using refreshable braille displays, braillenotes and iDevices etc and more. For people who are blind or have low vision and sighted teachers, parents and other adults working with them.
- UEB Online: Free online Unified English Braille training program for sighted learners. An ideal program for professionals, parents and community members who wish to learn braille. It may be used by classroom teachers as a project for their students, or by specialist and mainstream educators and support staff who wish to obtain a qualification in braille. Optional certificates of completion are available from RIDBC for a small fee. Developed by RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney, Australia.
- Adjusting Print for Students with Low Vision.Resource when introducing low vision aids to school staff, parents and other professionals who support the student. Accessible video animation, duration 6.28 mins, download in mp4 format. Created by Carly Turnbull. Specialist Teacher (Vision), SPEVI President.
- Charles Bonnet syndrome presentation by Oliver Sacks: Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks talks about the under-reported phenomenon Charles Bonnet syndrome, when people with a vision impairment experience visual hallucinations. Note people who are blind or vision impaired are often reluctant to report these hallucinations to their doctor. Video, 18.48 minutes.
- Extreme Frisbee: This video shows a new game developed by Nulkaba Public School, NSW, called Extreme Frisbee. It is published on their Youtube Channel ‘Hairy Dog Productions’ which showcases a series of games created as part of a social skills program for students who are blind or have low vision to play with their peers. The videos are created by and for students. For the ethos behind the Extreme Frisbee Game, please visit this article on the Paths to Literacy website
- Hadley’s iFocus Instructional Video Series: Great series of educational videos on how to use the vision accessibility features built into the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Examples are Using Siri, using Dropbox, checking the weather and much more.
- Independence Science: Cary Supalo is a chemistry professor who is blind. His blog and website include information that allows blind students to be successful in science and chemistry courses. Under Tactile solutions, the Science Gear Kit is designed to provide K-6th graders with all the equipment needed to perform science experiments using tactile methods. Special needs, low vision, and blind students will be able to do hands-on science activities with the kit.
- Science Techniques for the Blind: YouTube video, by Greg Williams, PhD, Independence Science. Tips for Highschool students who are blind or have low vision to safely conduct and analyze science experiments. Duration: 6.37 minutes.
- 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.
- Vision Camp: This inspirational video was filmed at Vision Camp 2015 of Nulkaba Public School, NSW. It is 15 minutes long, and has parents, teachers and students talking, as well as some action.
Educational documents and websites
- Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Website: Published by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Developing resource for research articles, books, websites, blogs, strategies and support for parents, teachers, university faculty and students about CVI.
- CPR and Fist Aid skills excursion for students with vision impairment Report from Maitland Muswellbrook Vision Team (Debra Goodsir, Itinerant Support Teacher Vision).
- Dandy hands: Strategies that facilitate the development of hand function for blind and deaf-blind babies. Links to Word document with resource created by M. and M. Tellefson (2008) for the website of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
- Disorders of vision in children: a guide for teachers and carers : Chapter Four: Educating visually impaired children. Motivation for learning, Creating an optimum environment, Materials which aid functional vision, Specialist technology, Training in the use of functional vision. Published by the Scottish Sensory Centre.
- EIVIprofessionals.com: Website for teachers of the vision impaired and orientation and mobility specialists serving infants and toddlers with vision impairments (early intervention visual impairment (EIVI) professionals). Provides resources to inform practice, including intervention ideas. Illinois State University/US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.
- Flash Sonar: Echolocation technique taught by US mobility expert Daniel Kish. According to Daniel Kish, people who are blind can derive dynamic images not from light, but from sound. Sonar calls are sent out actively for the purpose of soliciting information in a directed, intentional fashion. The environment may be said to respond to these calls with information in an interactive process (echoes).
- Handy Hints for Teaching: Selection of entries submitted for SPEVI Competition. Compiled and edited by Phia Damsma for SPEVI.
- ImPAct MDVI: Activity based intervention. The ImPact MDVI project developed a holistic teaching approach for teachers working with children with Multiple Disabilities and a Visual Impairment (MDVI). The project has arisen out of a recognition that models of teacher preparation in the area of severe and profound special needs often lack an overall vision and strategy to achieve identified goals. The project responds to the needs and rights of children with MDVI which is to participate and be active within natural environments. Support material: the 5-step model. MDVI Euronet project.
- Independent Living Guidelines: These guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education (USA)are provided by grade level (competencies students should acquire exiting preschool, second grade, fourth grade, elementary, middle school, tenth grade, and twelfth grade); there are also assessment tools in Excel spreadsheets and resources.
- Learning Media Profile (Version 1 d’Apice, Knight, & Gentle, 2017, March, Version 1). The Profile offers professionals an effective means to summarise the learning media implications of a student’s clinical and functional vision, including the student’s preferences for hard and soft copy braille, devices, software and apps, and technology resources. The authors invite feedback.
- Low vision aids and technology: A guide: Free booklet (pdf-file) is the third in the series from The Macular Degeneration Foundation (MDF) Australia, following ‘Low Vision, A Guide’, and ‘Family, Friend & Carer, a Guide’. You can also order a free copy by phoning MDF toll-free on 1800 111 709.
- Resource for Equitable Access to Libraries (REAL): Training resource for Public Library Customer Service Staff (Victoria, Australia). Includes a section on print disability.
- Sociability: social media for people with a disability review For people with a disability, social media websites and applications have their own barriers. The ‘Sociability: social media for people with a disability review’ was done by Media Access Australia (2011). Australia’s most popular social media tools were tested for their accessibility. Users with disabilities then contributed their tips and tricks on how to overcome each social network’s inaccessible features. From the website you can download the full report, or access the subpages with the Sociability guides to each social media: Facebook, Twitter.
- 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).
- Source: 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.
- Teaching and Assessment Strategies for Students with Vision Impairment or Blindness: Fact Sheet with information and embedded links to further sources. The impact of vision impairment on learning at university, communicating with students with vision impairment, teaching students with vision impairment, assessment strategies. From Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training.
- Teaching students with sensory impairments: Strategies for mainstream teachers. This project is the result of an international, collaborative effort among educators in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, who work with students with vision or hearing impairments. A resource for professionals, parents, and university students involved in fully including students with sensory impairments in our educational systems.
- The Effects of Thin-Ideal Internalization, Body Surveillance and Self-Silencing on the Eating Attitudes of Women with Vision Impairment_2015 Research thesis investigating body image concerns and disordered eating attitudes in women with Vision Impairment (VI), by Alexandra Jane Page, towards her studies in the B. Psych Sciences (Honours) program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney.
- The Multisensory Handbook: A guide for children and adults with sensory learning disabilities (Paperback). Author: Paul Pagliano. Publisher: Taylor and Francis.
- Touching maths: (ToMat) is a European Comenius school partnership which started in September 2010. The topic is maths education for braille users integrated in mainstream secondary schools. For two years, the six project partners (from Norway, The Netherlands, France, Estonia, Germany and Belgium) visited each other's schools and institutions to learn more about how braille students do maths. Findings, tips, tricks and advice for braille students, mainstream maths teachers, itinerant teachers and producers of tactile drawings.
- Understanding vision impairment – Cortical Visual Impairment: iBook by Rosa Wright. The primary purpose of this iBook is to provide parents with key information about Cortical Visual Impairment (also known as Cerebral Visual Impairment or CVI). Photos and videos assist in demonstrating key points. Published by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). The iBook costs AUD $4.99 from the iTunes Store, but all families with a child with CVI on ELP(VI) of the RIDBC are entitled to it for free.
- Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: The latest book by Gordon Dutton on CVI, [Kindle Edition] from Amazon Australia. An alternative source is the publishers, AFB Press.
- WonderBaby.orgWebsite dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. 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.