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Recommended Resources for Vision Professionals

Tips for materials and equipment for teaching students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with low vision or multiple disabilities

By Gwyn McCormack

Are you a teacher of students with visual impairments thinking about what belongs in your “toolbox” for the new school year?  Or perhaps you’re a parent wondering what materials to use during the summer holidays with your child who is blind or visually impaired.  We have compiled some of our favourite resources to use with those with visual impairments. Whether you’re a veteran looking for new ideas or you’re just getting started, we hope that you’ll find something here to try!

Editor’s note:  The suppliers listed below are located in the UK, but most of these items are available through sources in the United States and other parts of the world as well.

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Sample Activities

BuzzersBuzzersGuess the Message!
Talking PegsRecordable pegsCreative Literacy and Numeracy Ideas on the Theme of Frozen
Voice Recorder LabellerCross curricular theme to literacy and numeracy – The Supermarket
Lazy SusanLazy SusanLazy Susan Braille Development Activity
Bucket apronBucket apronFireman Sam Story Bucket
Plastic bucketLiteracy and Numeracy Ideas with Buckets
Angled writing aidAngled writing aidHandwriting Tips for Students with Visual Impairments
Portable communication board (sloped black board)Portable communication boardFor general use as a communication board
Gripping Stuff Memo BoardMemo boardGeneral usage
Black berol fine line penBerol fine tip penFor students with low vision (note that preferred thickness of pens will vary according to individuals)
Ringbinder ringsmetal ringsTo create tactile books and other materials
Wikki StixWikki Stix10 Uses for Wikki Stix to Support Curriculum Access
Self adhesive gems (raised dots)Self-adhesive gemsMany uses for tactile learners!

To get more ideas on how to use these materials and equipment, see posts by Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye.

Collage of recommended resources

woman blowing confetti off of a book

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library’s annual Accessible Community, Culture, and Technology Fair

Lit magnifier over a book enlarging the word visually.

Ask a TVI

Tools for the TVI book on a table.

Tools for TVI: The Itinerant Teacher’s Handbook