Online Resources for Teaching Blind Students

This is by no means a comprehensive list - just a selection of sites I found helpful as I tried to learn about teaching students without vision.

Disability Info: Visual Impairments Fact Sheet (FS13)

Making Your Text Accessible
Providing Textbooks in Accessible Formats
Welcome To Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (many texts are available on tape)
VI Guide's Vision-related Services | Sources for Books (Betsy Walker, Blind and Visually Impaired Ring)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Access Technology  (from the Rochester Institute of Technology)
The Blind Readers' Page
Requesting Texts in Digital Format From Textbook Publishers (some examples)
    Houghton Mifflin College - Request Permissions/Electronic File Request
    Pearson Education: Request Form for Students with Disabilities
    Thomson Learning Permissions Request   
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre - Technical Glossary (from the University of Toronto)
    Optical Character Recognition / Reading Software    
    High Technology Reading and Writing Devices for People with Vision Problems

Making Your Web Pages and Course Materials Accessible
Building Accessible Curriculum and Courseware Tools - Education Beyond the Campus
How Accessible is Your Website? Test it with Bobby
Creating Accessible Web Pages
Creating Accessible Web Pages #2
Creating Accessible Web Pages #3
Quick Tips to Make Accessible Web Pages
Accessible Web Page Design: Resources

Other Adaptive Technology Resources
Upshaw Institute for the Blind: Suppliers of Adaptive Technology and Special Needs Products
Vendors specializing in technology for the blind (from the NY Institute for Special Education)
Tutorials on the Use of Various Adaptive Technologies (University of Buffalo)
Blind Related Technology Links (from Ron Marriage's Blind Links)
Vision Disability Resources (from the Inclusion in Science Education for Students with Disabilities website)
Technology Tools for College Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired (from the Adaptive Technology Center for N.J. Colleges)
Vision Technology: Literacy (from the Statewide Vision Resource Centre - Victoria, Australia)
Adding Audio Descriptions To Television Science Programs (Emilie Schmeidler, American Foundation for the Blind)
Described Videos: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Click the Captions, Select the Descriptions: Making Captioning and Video Description Essential for Any Learner (Jutta Treviranus, University of Toronto)

Tactile Graphic Resources
Tactile Graphics, An Overview and Resource Guide  (John Gardner, Oregon State University)
Basic Principles for Preparing Tactile Graphics (American Foundation for the Blind)
How to Make Tactile Pictures Understandable to the Blind Reader (Yvonne Eriksson)
Creating Tactile Graphics (High Tech Center Training Unit, California Community Colleges)
Guidelines for Producing Tactile Graphics

Tactile Educational Materials: Tips and Resources (Robert S. Jaquiss, Jr.)
Tactile Diagram Manual (TAEVIS) Image Files Available on TAEVIS CD
NCTD: What are Tactile Graphics       NCTD: Making Tactile Graphics
Tactile Graphics by Polly Edman - American Foundation for the Blind book
Quantum Technology - PIAF resource book (puff paper and tactile image maker necessary)
Tactile Graphics Product Resource List
Horizons For the Blind ($2.00 tactile graphics for anatomy, anthropology, astronomy, botany, sex education, zoology) 
National Centre for Tactile Diagrams: Core Graphics Packet-Psychology    CGP-Psychology: Project Background
The Role of Audio Input When Presenting Tactile Graphics
Tactile Image Printers and Capsule Paper

Resources for Teachers
The Faculty Room from University of Washington
Streaming Video Presentations with Support Publications
Specific Academic Activity Resources
Archived Newsletters of the Resource Center for the Visually Impaired
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Discussion List and Archives
Link to advice I received from the PsychTeacher discussion list
    PsychTeacher (tm) Discussion List for Teachers of Psychology
Adapting the Curriculum to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners | PBS show
Ensuring Appropriate Accomodations for Students with Disabilities
Strategies for teaching students with vision impairments (West Virginia University)
Teaching Students With Disabilities: A Practical Guide (University of Illinois)
Teaching Science to Students with Disabilities (updated July 2003) (From ERIC Clearinghouse)
Teaching Students With Disabilities (David Johnson, John Brown University)
Science for Students with Visual Impairments: Teaching Suugestions and Policy Implications

The Electronic Campus and Equal Access to Higher Education
Web Resources for Assisting College Students With Disabilities

The Rewards and Continuing Challenges of Teaching Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Paths to Equal Opportunity: Teacherís Manual for Adapting Science Experiments for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Teaching Science to Students with Disabilities
Suggested Adaptive Tools and Materials for Math
Drawings and the Blind (John Kennedy, available from University of Toronto Libraries

Resources for Blind Students
Resources for Blind Students
Transitions: Reflections of a Blind College Student
How to Get Access to Print: What It Takes to Succeed as a Blind College Student
Blindness Resources from Goodwill
Self-Advocacy in the College Classroom
Getting the Most Out of Lectures and Presentations

compiled by:
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
Department of Psychology
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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