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What do we mean by visual impairment? Awareness raising

Books

Arter, Christine ... [et al]
Children with visual impairment in mainstream settings
David Fulton, 1999
ISBN 1853465836
For teachers who are about to teach visually impaired children for the first time, looking at access to the curriculum and suggesting practical ways in which these difficulties can be overcome.

Bell, Judy & Naish, Lucy
Exploring quality: how to audit, review and profile your school's provision for pupils who have multiple disabilities and visual impairment
RNIB, 2005
ISBN 1858786525
A tool for assessing the accessibility of your school for visually impaired children who also have multiple disabilities. Sections: Inclusive culture and organisation, physical access, curriculum access, social access, staff skills and transitions & changes.

Brambring, Michael
Lessons with a child who is blind: development and early intervention in the first years of life
Blind Children's Fund, 1998
Presents an account of one family's experiences in rearing their daughter Christina who is congenitally blind.

Buultjens, Marianna; Stead, Joan; Dallas, Mary
Promoting social inclusion of pupils with visual impairment in mainstream schools in Scotland
Scottish Sensory Centre, 2002
Report of the project funded by the Scottish Executive. The aims of the project were to identify the range of school based strategies and initiatives that promote social inclusion and describe the social experiences of pupils with a visual impairment.
http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/resources/vi&multi/inclu.html

Chambers, Sarah
Being a VIP: a personal account of a visually impaired student in mainstream education
RNIB, 1999
ISBN 1858783534
A personal account of what it is like to attend mainstream education (including further education) as a visually impaired person.

Cobb, Rory & Webb, Vernon
Well prepared: making exam papers work for learners with sight problems (2nd ed)
RNIB, 2010
ISBN 9781444500752
Guidance for teachers who modify examinations for candidates with visual impairment. Examples of modifications to exam papers are restricted to large print, however similar principles would apply to other formats, such as Braille.

Coleman, Mike
Play it right: creating and adapting toys and games for children who are visually impaired and have additional disabilities
RNIB, 2001
ISBN 1858783941
How to turn everyday objects and toys into playthings for children with MDVI; cheaply, easily and with no special skills.

Davies, Nathan
Low vision toolkit: supporting pupils with low vision
RNIB, 2009
ISBN 9781444500295
This toolkit is aimed at teachers of VI pupils and support assistants to use with children with low vision to help them understand their own abilities and how to use the low vision aids they have.

Davis, Pauline
Including children with visual impairment in mainstream schools: a practical guide
David Fulton, 2003
ISBN 1853469149
Uses detailed case studies of inclusion in 4 primary schools.

Lindstedt, Eva
How well does a child see? a guide on vision and vision assessment in children (2nd ed)
ELISYN, 1997
ISBN 9187062046
Outlines methods for assessing functional vision of a child irrespective of additional disabilities.

Mason, Heather & McCall, Stephen (Eds)
Visual impairment: access to education for children and young people
David Fulton, 1997
ISBN 1853464120
A comprehensive guide including medical issues, education, curriculum, transition and multiple disabilities.

McDonald, Mary (Ed)
Fit for all: including children with sight problems in sport
RNIB, 2005
ISBN 1858786444
Explains how to teach PE to children and young people who have visual impairments. Includes case studies.

McDonald, Suzy
One of the class: advice, reference, resources
RNIB, 2000
ISBN 1858782813
Aims to inform and advise all staff in mainstream secondary schools about the curriculum needs of visually impaired children. Curriculum subjects (eg English, Maths, Science) have their own section in the folder.

Miller, Olga
Supporting children with visual impairment in mainstream schools
Franklin Watts, 1996
ISBN 0749617470
A guide for mainstream teachers exploding popular myths about visually impaired children and underlining the importance of making the most of residual vision.

Miller, Olga & Wall, Karl
How to understand and support children with visual needs
LDA, 2011
ISBN 9781855034983
Supporting children with visual needs calls for understanding of the processes of vision, the range of visual needs and what these mean for children's learning and practical ways they can be addressed.

Naish, Lucy; Bell, Judy; Clunies-Ross, Louise
Exploring access: how to audit your school environment, focusing on the needs of pupils who have multiple disabilities and visual impairment
RNIB, 2004
ISBN 1858786304
Folder of information which deals with access and adaptations to the physical environment for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairments.

Naish, Lucy; Clunies-Ross, Louise; Bell, Judy
Exploring access in mainstream: how to audit your school environment, focusing on the needs of pupils who have visual impairment
RNIB, 2004
ISBN 1858786304
Folder of information for staff in mainstream schools which deals with access and adaptations to the physical environment for children with visual impairments.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Finding out about blindness
RNIB, 1998
Full of ideas, games and useful information on serious sight problems. For children aged 7-11. This pack is based on Anna as seen in the video "Anna's story".

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Finding out about blindness: an education resource for use in primary and middle schools: teacher's pack
RNIB, 1991
ISBN 0901797774
Includes Teacher's guide; Lesson plans; Activity cards; RNIB factsheets; posters; booklets; Braille sheets; Simulation spectacles

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Listening and learning: learning to listen in order to learn by listening
RNIB, 2003
An educational pack designed to promote audio learning for children and young people with sight problems. Includes 3 booklets, 4 tactile graphics and 4 audiocassettes.

Russotti, Joanne & Shaw, Rona
When you have a visually impaired student in your classroom: a guide for paraeducators
AFB, 2004
ISBN 0891288945
Easy to understand guide to teaching and responding to visually impaired children in mainstream classrooms. Aimed at classroom assistants etc.

Salisbury, Ruth (ed)
Teaching pupils with visual impairment: a guide to making the school curriculum accessible
Routledge, 2008
ISBN 9781843123958
A key practical guide to making learning accessible for primary and secondary school pupils with visual impairment. Includes subject-specific issues: Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Literacy, Mathematics, Languages (MFL). Music, PE, Science.

Scott, Eileen P; Jan, James E; Freeman, Roger D
Can't your child see: a guide for parents and professionals about young children who are visually impaired (3rd ed)
Pro-Ed, 1995
ISBN 0890796041
A useful and easy to read guide for parents and professionals about early years of visually impaired children and on through to school years.

Sonksen, Patricia & Stiff, Blanche
Show me what my friends can see: a development guide for parents of babies with severely impaired sight and their professional advisors
Institute of Child Health, 1991
ISBN 095175260X
Sections covering different aspects of child development. Stages of development are outlined for sighted children with strategies for encouraging development in visually impaired children.

Souder, Patricia
Different way of seeing: youth with visual impairments and blindness
Mason Crest, 2008
ISBN 9781422204184
Stories about young visually impaired people which can be used for disability awareness.

Swenson, Anna & D'Andrea, Frances Mary
Braille trail: an activity book
AFB, 2002
ISBN 0891288546
A set of games, puzzles and other activities intended to show children the meaning and importance of Braille. Accompanied by a parent/teacher guide.

White, Peter
Think about being blind
Belitha Press, 1998
ISBN 185561796X
A simple illustrated guide to what it is like to be blind or visually impaired. Suitable for older children upwards.

DVDs

Birmingham City Council
Successfully including children with a visual impairment in mainstream schools
Birmingham City Council, [2006]
Awareness materials for teachers of visually impaired children in mainstream classes. DVD video plus DVD-ROM supplementary material including: Checklists, eye conditions, environmental audit and adapted ICT.

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Count me in: promoting the inclusion, achievement and involvement of blind and partially sighted children
RNIB, 2009
ISBN 9781858789989
Promotes good practice in the inclusion of blind and partially sighted children covering 6 key areas: expectations, communication, curriculum, mobility, social and environmental issues. Aimed at anyone working with visually impaired children including class teachers, assistants and others.

CD-ROMs

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Hear me out: blind and partially sighted children talk about inclusion, achievement and involvement
RNIB, 2009
ISBN 9781858789996
Audio interviews with 40 visually impaired children about their lives. The CD-ROM can be played on a computer or on a Daisy player. Text transcripts are also available from the CD-ROM.

Assessment Materials

DAAS Consulting
DAAS vision simulator kit
DAAS Consulting, nd
Simulates 10 different visual impairments. Set includes: 4 goggles, 10 lenses, 5 occluder lenses, 2 sleep shades and an instruction leaflet.
http://www.daasvision.com/

Hodson, Fred
VINE Simulation Package (2nd ed)
VINE, 1989
Simulates 10 different visual impairments. Set includes: 10 goggles, 1 video, 1 magnifier and an instruction booklet.

Articles

Customising learning materials
Insight
Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p33-34
Tips on how to quickly customise structured documents to a pupil's text preferences.

Beaton, Jill
Magnificent magnifiers
Insight
Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p15-17
Low vision assessments in Fife try to identify low vision aids that children really want to use.

Blaikie, Andrew & Cloke, Adam
Focus on ... Stargardt disease
Insight
Jul/Aug 2009, No 22, p39
Description of the condition and how it affects children.

Bowen, Jayne
Visual impairment and its impact on self-esteem
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Jan 2010, Vol 28 (1), p47-56
A study of boys and girls with visual impairments at primary and secondary schools measuring their self esteem and comparing the gender and age differences.

Bowen, Jayne
Visual impairment and self-esteem: what makes a difference?
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2010, Vol 28 (3), p235-243
Follow up to a study of boys and girls with visual impairments at primary and secondary schools measuring their self esteem. Four participants in the study were highlighted as having low esteem and this follows their progress using circle time, circle of friends and mentoring programmes.

Clarke, Sharon
Awareness-raising sessions
Insight
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p10-13
Outlines a 6-week programme of awareness raising for a visually impaired boy joining a new class in Year 3.

Cobb, Rory
Hear me out: listening to blind and partially sighted children and young people
The Educator
Jul 2010, Vol XXIII (1), p18-25
A sample of views elicited from visually impaired children in mainstream schools about various aspects of their school lives.

Craig, Jane
Supporting Arman in the mainstream classroom
Eye Contact
Summer 2004, No 39, p27-28
Using an Intellikeys overlay keyboard with a student who has a cortical visual impairment and cerebral palsy.

Duncan, Eleanor
Developing a positive identity: awareness raising with teenagers
Insight
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p17-19
Awareness sessions in a secondary school to help a young person and his classmates come to terms with his visual impairment.

Evans, Lisa
Mentoring teenagers
Insight
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p23-25
A "learning mentor" in a mainstream secondary school describes some of her work with visually impaired young people.

Hall, Gill
Fostering Harry's independence
Insight
May/Jun 2007, No 9, p14-17
Describes mobility training and support offered to one visually impaired year 9 pupil in a mainstream setting.

Harvey, Bill
What I'm saying is ...
Insight
Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p28-30
An optometrist discusses the importance of listening to a young person when assessing their vision.

Hindle, Pam
Independence training within the mainstream curriculum
Insight
Jan/Feb 2006, No 1, p19-22
Outlines practical support strategies used to encourage independence skills with pupils in Key Stages 1-4.

Holmstrom, Radhika
Stargardt's
NB
June 2012, No 78, p22-25
Investigates the most common form of macular degeneration in children.

Jennings, Julie
Questioning the role of teaching assistants
Insight
May/Jun 2010, No 27, p25-28
Research into the effectiveness of support staff in the classroom.

McDonald, Mary
Handwriting - trial or triumph?
Insight
Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p26-27
Looks at the challenges of handwriting for children with low vision.

Pinkney, Elaine
Are we there yet? Inclusive play in mainstream schools
Insight
Jan/Feb 2009, No 19, p20-23
Considers the challenges that visually impaired children face at playtimes and offers solutions.

Powell, Paula
Circle time with Aqib
Insight
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p14-15
Circletime and awareness sessions are used in the year 6 class of an isolated visually impaired boy to try to improve the situation.

Roe, Joao
Making friends
Insight
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p20-22
Ideas for promoting good social experiences for visually impaired children in mainstream classes.

Sharma, Umesh ... [et al]
Forming effective partnerships to facilitate inclusion of students with vision impairments: Perceptions of a regular classroom teacher and an itinerant teacher
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Jan 2010, Vol 28 (1), p57-67
Looks at the partnership of the visiting specialist teacher and the classroom teacher in supporting children with visual impairments in a mainstream school.

Whitburn, Ben
'A really good teaching strategy': Secondary students with vision impairment voice their experiences of inclusive teacher pedagogy
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2014, Vol 32 (2), p148-156
Consults children with visual impairments on the education they received in inclusive settings in mainstream schools.

Websites

Waldron, Karen; Steer, Michael; Bhargava, Dolly
Teaching children with sensory impairments: strategies for mainstream teachers
Trinity University, n.d.
An online publication of 2 manuals (Deaf & VI) aimed at mainstream teachers who are dealing with children who have visual impairments or are deaf. Web only, see URL.
http://www.trinity.edu/org/sensoryimpairments/index.htm