Blindness and Low Vision Resources available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

To check out any of the materials listed, please contact:
Steven Wilson
Phone: 803-216-3206
Web site:

Care and feeding of the long white cane: Instructions in cane travel for blind people. Thomas Bickford.Large type ed.Baltimore, Md.: National Federation of the Blind, 1993.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 B583c

-Overview on how to use a cane.

Deaf-blind infants and children: A developmental guide. J.M. McInnes, J.A. Treffry. University of Toronto Press, 1997.Call number: Disabilities-FAM HV 1597 M152d
-Reference guide for teachers, parents, and professionals working or living with children who are deaf and blind.

Etiologies and characteristics of deaf-blindness. Kathryn Wolff Heller, Cheryl Kennedy.Monmouth, OR: TRACES Project, Teaching Research Publications, Western Oregon State College, 1994.Call number: Disabilities-PROF WW 276 H477e

Getting in touch (video): Communicating with a child who is deaf-blind. Oregon Research Institute, 1987. 19 min.Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1573 G394
-Advice on how to most effectively communicate with a deaf-blind child using tactile and object cues.

Helping children who are blind: Family and community support for children with vision problems. Sandy Niemann and Namita Jacob.Berkeley, CA: Hesperian Foundation, 2000.Call number: Disabilities-FAM HV 1596.4 N671h 2000

-The activities in this book can help children who are blind to learn how to use their other senses to explore, learn, and interact with the world.

Helping people with pervasive needs participate in planning meetings (Video). Presented by Kindcare, Inc.Cicero, NY: Program Development Associates, 2000. (49 min).Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1570.5 .U65 H483 2000
-This video helps explain ways to better include persons with pervasive needs in planning meetings. It explores why it is important for individuals with severe and profound disabilities to participate in meetings and express their wishes and choices. Real life demonstrations are included in the presentation.

I am potential: Eight lessons on living, loving, and reaching your dreams Patrick Henry Hughes ; with Patrick John Hughes and Bryant Stamford. [Cambridge, MA]: Da Capo Lifelong, 2008. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105.5 F2 H894i 2008
-Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent. The inspirational "I Am Potential" recounts the critical lessons he has learned that are at the heart of his success.

If blindness comes. Kenneth Jernigan, editor.Large type ed.Baltimore, MD: National Federation of the Blind, 1994.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 I23
-Some of the chapters included in this book are cooking techniques, sewing techniques, and common eye conditions and causes of blindness.

Like cats and dogs. Kenneth Jernigan, editor.Large type ed.Baltimore, MD: National Federation of the Blind, 1997.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 L727
-Firsthand stories about blindness.

Living with low vision: A resource guide for people with sight loss. Resources for Rehabilitation, 2001.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 L785
-A large print guide to self-help groups, laws, information for certain age groups, and other services that help individuals with vision loss.

Living skills: A guide to independence for individuals with deaf-blindness. Minneapolis, MN: Find Inc., 1991.Call number: Disabilities-Transition HV 1597 L785
-This guide describes the life skills teaching methods of FIND, Inc.

Making hay. Kenneth Jernigan, Editor.Large print ed.Baltimore, MD: National Federation of the Blind, 1993.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 M235
-Firsthand stories about blindness.

Making life more livable: Simple adaptations for living at home after vision loss. Maureen A. Duffy.New York: AFB Press, 2002.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 D858m
-This book contains suggestions for modifying every room in the home.

Meeting the challenge (video). 1987. (15 min.)Call number: Disabilities-AV HD 7252 M495
-Three blind and deaf individuals tell how they have not let their disabilities get in the way of being productive in the workplace.

OR Project: The Oregon Project for visually impaired and blind preschool children. Donnise Brown, Vickie Simmons, Judy Methvin. 5th ed.Medford, OR: Jackson Education Service District, 1991.Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1642 B877o
-This three ring binder includes detailed teaching activities and instructions for implementing the curriculum.

Parenting preschoolers: Suggestions for raising young blind and visually impaired children. Kay Alicyn Ferrell.New York, NY: AFB Press, 1984.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 F383p
-Booklet designed to answer basic parenting questions.

Play activities for young children with sensory impairments. Joan Rich and Elizabeth Rich. Seattle, WA: Experimental Education Unit, WJ-10, Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, University of Washington, 1990.Call number: Disabilities-PROF WS 350.2 R498p
-This booklet describes play activities and suggests modifications to use with children with deaf-blindness.

Playing the crucial role in your child's development (video). Louisville, Ky.: American Printing House for the Blind, 1984. 10 min.Call number: Disabilities-AV WW 276 P723
-Instructs parents on interacting with visually handicapped children.

Preschool learning activities for the visually impaired child: A guide for parents. Austin, Texas: National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired, 1985.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 P928

The special education treatment planner. Julie A. Winkelstern. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2001.Call number: Disabilities-Transition LC 4031 W774s
-The special education treatment planner includes treatment plan components for 29 educational disabilities and a step-by-step guide to writing educational treatment plans.

Supporting young adults who are deaf-blind in their communities: A transition planning guide for service providers, families, and friends. Edited by Jane M. Everson.Baltimore: P.H. Brookes, 1995.Call number: Disabilities-Transition HV 1597 S959
-Assessing individual job skills, networking for employment, and obtaining supports are topics covered in this transition planning guide.

Tapping the charcoal. Kenneth Jernigan, editor.Large type ed.Baltimore, MD: National Federation of the Blind, 1995.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 T175
-Firsthand stories about blindness.

Transition and individual futures planning for people with deaf-blindness and developmental disabilities and their family. The Arc-King County and Common Ground.Seattle, WA: Arc-King County, 1992.Call number: Disabilities-Transition HV 1597 T772
-The two main sections of this booklet are individual futures planning and housing development.

Transition issues related to students with visual disabilities. Jane N. Erin and Karen E. Wolffe.Austin, Tex.: Pro-ed, 1999. PRO-ED series on transition.Call number: Disabilities-Transition HV 1793 E68t
-Topics covered in this booklet include functional academics, housing issues, transportation issues, employment issues, and recreational issues.

Visual handicaps and learning. Natalie C. Barraga, Jane N. Erin.3rd ed.Austin, Tex.: PRO-ED, 1992.Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1626 B268v
-Detailed discussion of learning issues related to individuals with visual impairments.

The visually handicapped child in the regular class. Barbara Aiello. Washington, D.C.: AFT Teacher's Network for Education of the Handicapped, 1989.Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1618 A288v
-This pamphlet provides tips for preparing your students.

The visually handicapped child in your classroom. Elizabeth K. Chapman, Juliet M. Stone. London: Cassell, 1988.Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1626 C466v
-This book is part of the Special Needs in Ordinary Schools series. It includes information on educational issues and curriculum access.

The world under my fingers: Personal reflections on Braille. Edited by Barbara Pierce.Baltimore, Md.: National Federation of the Blind, 1995.Call number: Disabilities-FAM WW 276 W927
-Provides an overview of Braille.


Children’s books

Business is looking up: featuring Renaldo Rodriguez. Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman. Twenty-First Century Books, 1988.The Kids on the Block book series.Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 A288b
-When a visually-impaired eleven-year-old sets up a greeting card service for stepfamilies, he discovers there is a lot more to running a business than just making money. Includes a question and answer section about what it's like to be blind.

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