Blindness and Low Vision: Print Publications

General references: Vision impairment Braille and tactual graphics
Low vision Learning media and literacy
Access technology Career education, independence skills, O&M
and social skills
Vision impaired students with additional impairments References and additional information

Below are listed some of our favourite print references – some are rather elderly but we think they still have fabulous ideas and strategies or are just plain thought-provoking and so have been included in our list. Remember to check the following sites for newer publications that we haven’t yet listed:

Please note: a copy of the titles marked with an asterisk* are held at the SVRC. They are not available for loan, but can be used at the Centre by VTs and family members.

General references: Vision impairment

Deverell, L. (2007). Look out, Marcus! Growing up with low vision. Kew, Australia: Guide Dogs Victoria.*

Deverell, L. (2012). Gabby’s going places: How about a guide dog? Kew, Australia: Guide Dogs Victoria.*

Haughton, L. and Mackevicius, S. (2001). “I’m posting the pebbles”: Active learning through play for children who are blind or vision impaired. Melbourne, Australia: Ability Press.*

Kelley, P. and Gale. G. (Eds.). (1998) Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments. Sydney, Australia: North Rocks Press.*

Nielsen, L. (1990). Are you blind? Promotion of the development of children who are especially developmentally threatened. Copenhagen, Denmark: SIKON.

Pogrund, R. L., Fazzi, D. L. and Lampert, J. S. (1992). Early focus: Working with young blind and visually impaired children and their families. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Scholl, G. T (1986). Foundations of education for blind and visually handicapped children and youth: Theory and practice. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Sewell, D. (1997). Assessment kit: Kit of informal tools for academic students with visual impairments. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.*

Braille and tactual graphics

Castellano, C. and Kosman, D. (1997). The bridge to braille: Reading and school success for the young blind child. Baltimore, USA: National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.*

Edman, P. K. (1992). Tactile graphics. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Lamb, G. (1995). Fingerprints: A whole language approach to braille literacy. New Zealand: The Research and Development Committee of the Homai Vision Education Centre.*

Mangold S, (1996). The Mangold developmental program of tactile perception and braille letter recognition. California, USA: Exceptional Teaching Aids.*

Olson, M. R. (1984). Guidelines and games for teaching efficient braille reading. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Pester, E., Otto, R. and Poppe, T. (1995) Braillewriting dot by dot. Kentucky, USA: APH.*

Rash, A. and Sewell, D. (n.d.) UN’s the one: Uncontracted BRAILLE FUNdamentals, secondary level. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.*

Rash, A. and Sewell, D. (n.d.) UN’s the one: Uncontracted BRAILLE FUNdamentals, upper elementary level. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.*

Rex, E. J., Koenig, A. J., Wormsley, D. P. and Baker, R. L. (1994). Foundations of braille literacy. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Swenson, A. M. (1999). Beginning with braille: Firsthand experiences with a balanced approach to literacy. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Throughton, M. (1992). One is fun: Guidelines for better braille literacy. Ontario, Canada: Dialatype.*

Wormsley, D. P. (2004). Braille literacy: A functional approach. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Wormsley, D. P. and D’Andrea, F. M. (1997). Instructional strategies for braille literacy. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Low Vision

Corn, A. and Koenig, A. (Eds.) (1996). Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives. New York, USA: American Foundation for the Blind.*

Davies, N. (2009). Low vision toolkit: Supporting pupils with low vision. London, UK: Royal National Institute for the Blind.*

Jose, R. T. (1983). Understanding low vision. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Keeffe, J., Crisp, M., O’Toole, M., Johnston, B., Christie, L. (1993). Visual skills: A curriculum guide (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Statewide School Support and Production Centre.*

Williams, D. (1998). Early visual skills. Oxon, UK. Winslow Press Ltd.

Learning media and literacy

D’Andrea, F. M. and Farrendopf, C. (Eds). (2000) Looking to learn: Promoting literacy for students with low vision. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Koenig, A. J. and Holbrook, M. C. (1995). Learning media assessment of students with visual impairments. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.*

Access technology

Presely, I. and D’Andrea, M. (2008). Assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired: A guide to assessment. New York, USA:
AFB Press.*

Career education, independence skills, O&M and
social skills

Corn, A. L., Bina, M. J., and Sacks, S. Z. (2009). Looking good: A curriculum on physical appearance and personal presentation for adolescents and young adults with visual impairments. Austin, Texas, USA: PRO-ED Inc.*

Flavel, R., Lunn, H., and Johnston, C. (2009). Do it yourself: Encouraging independence in children who are blind. Burwood, Australia: Vision Australia.*

Kekelis, L. S., Sacks, S. Z. and Wolffe, K. E. (2000). Focused on: Teaching social skills to visually impaired preschoolers. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Sacks, S. Z., Kekelis, L. S. and Gaylord-Ross, R. J. (1992). The development of social skills by blind and visually impaired students: Exploratory studies and strategies. New York, USA: AFB Press.

Sacks, S. Z. and Wolffe, K. E. (2000). Focused on: Teaching social skills to visually impaired elementary students. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Sacks, S. Z. and Wolffe, K. E. (2006). Teaching social skills to students with visual impairments: From theory to practice. New York, USA: AFB Press.

Wolffe, K. E. and Sacks, S. Z. (2000). Focused on: Assessment techniques. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Wolffe, K. E., Sacks, S. Z. and Thomas, K. L. (2000). Focused on: Importance and need for social skills. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Wolffe, K. E., Thomas, K. L. and Sacks, S. Z. (2000). Focused on: Social skills for teens and young adults with visual impairments. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Wolffe, K. E. (1999). Skills for success: A career education handbook for children and adolescents with visual impairments. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Vision impaired students with additional impairments

Chen, D. and Downing, J. E. (2006). Tactile strategies for children who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities: Promoting communication and learning skills. New York, USA: AFB Press.*

Hagood, L. (1997). Communication: A guide for teaching students with visual and multiple impairments. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind.*

Heydt, K., Allon, M., Edwards, S., Clark, M. J. and Cushman, C. (2004). Perkins activity and resource guide: A handbook for teachers and parents of students with visual and multiple disabilities (2nd ed.). Massachusetts, USA: Perkins School for the Blind.*

Longhorn, F. (1988). A sensory curriculum for very special people: A practical approach to curriculum planning. London, UK: Souvenir Press.*

Lueck, A. H. (Ed.) (2004). Functional vision: A practitioner’s guide to evaluation and intervention. New York, USA: American Foundation for the Blind.*

Nielsen, L. (1992). Educational approaches for visually impaired children. Copenhagen, Denmark: Sikon.*

Nielsen, L. (1992). Space and self: Active learning by means of the little room. Copenhagen, Denmark: Sikon.*

Nielsen, L. (1993). Early learning step by step: Children with vision impairment and multiple disabilities. Copenhagen, Denmark: Sikon.*

Riggio, M., Smith, M. and Levack, N. (1992). Perkins activity and resource guide: A handbook for teachers and parents of students with visual and multiple disabilities. Massachusetts, USA: Perkins School for the Blind.*

Sacks, S. Z. and Silberman, R. K. (1998). Educating students who have visual impairments with other disabilities. Maryland USA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.*

Shaw, P. et al. (1998). Approaches … to working with children with multiple disabilities and a visual impairment. London, UK: Royal National Institute for the Blind. *

Smith, M. and Levack, N. (1996). Teaching students with visual and multiple impairments: A resource guide. Texas, USA: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.*

References and additional information