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Information: Visual Disability
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This information guide is written by New Horizons Un-Limited. The guide provides information about this disability including Definition, Types, Causes, Characteristics, and Statistics. We envision a world with the inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in our communities, our workplaces and our lives so we also include information on Awareness, Viewpoint, Needs and Solutions, Therapy and Rehabilitation, On-line Discussion Forum, and where to go on the Internet to Learn More.
Links to Publications by Others
This is a guide for kids by the American Foundation for the Blind. This is a fairly comprehensive site about Braille and would be helpful to people of all ages under the What is Braille? link.
Guide for Individuals with Vision Impairments
Scroll down to the VISION button. A guide from Microsoft on how to use the computer with Microsoft software and operating systems for individuals with vision difficulties, impairments including low vision and color blindness, and blindness. "There are many options for individuals with vision difficulties to modify their computer displays and appearance to make them easier to see, or, alternatively, to receive information through sound or touch. Those who are blind cannot use a computer monitor but have the option to receive information from their computers through hearing or touch using assistive technology such as screen readers and Braille displays." This guide will help you adjust your computer displays and also offers links to information and companies on assistive technology.
Looking Through Their Eyes: Teaching Suggestions for Visually Impaired Students This article is written by: Sarah Malburg and edited by: SForsyth on Bright Hub Education. Students who have visual disabilities can appear to struggle to see the board, squint at their paper or a book, walk into things or slow their movements around large objects, or may socially outcast themselves and choose not to be part of a group during play or free time. If you begin to see these signs, then it is up to you as the teacher to take action. You can help teach your visually impaired students to adapt to their environment by offering them alternative learning tools, materials, and assistance so that they can enjoy their learning experiences and feel comfortable around the classroom and with their peers.The Braille Literacy Curriculum by Diane P. Wormsley will provide an excellent start.
Your Teenager's Feelings About Being Visually Impaired
This guide for parents or caregivers on Family Connect offers ways to help your teenager with visual impairment cope. Like you, your teenager is going to have a range of feelings about her visual impairment. The teenage years in general are an emotional time for many young people as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Most want to fit in with their peers, and being "different" because of a visual impairment can cause reactions such as anger, depression, or sadness. Many teens are also concerned about the future, and their uncertainty can sometimes give rise to strong negative feelings about being visually impaired. Teenagers who are visually impaired may share a number of reactions, but feelings vary from person to person. Also, teens who have recently become visually impaired will often have somewhat different emotional needs from those who have been visually impaired since early childhood. Giving your child emotional support in the teen years needs to be a critical focus. Here are some of the ways you may be able to help your teenager.
March 31, 2008. This article is on the Macular Degeneration Support Canada website, an on-line resource which provides a guide to several free Internet workshops on learning Braille.