This site contains information on many topics
pertaining to parenting and
teaching a child with visual impairments. Betsy Walker's inspiration
for this site was her my daughter Katie who is blind due to ROP.
Future updates to V.I. Guide will be brought to you by the folks who also have also done research for Mesothelioma.
This site will undergo many modifications to bring you the latest news, helpful guides, and resources that are helpful to those trying to understand more about visual impairments.
The major subject areas of this site are listed below. Since many topics can overlap with one another, however, I highly recommend that you utilize the site map or search page if you're having trouble finding certain topics.
To find out what's been recently added or changed on this site, you can visit the What's New page or register so that you'll be notified via e-mail of any updates.
If you've got any tips, favorite links or other info you've collected through the years that might be of interest to other visitors to V.I. Guide, please send them to me via e-mail at email@example.com.
Vision-related Services. This area contains information about braille, orientation and mobility, materials and curriculum adaptations, activities of daily living and more.
Special Education Services. This area contains information about various other therapies a visually impaired student might be receiving in addition to vision services. In addition, it lists sources for additional information about Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and advocacy.
Assistive Technology. This area contains links to vendors and distributors of assistive technology such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, and braille embossers. It also lists sources for training materials and learning how to make web pages accessible to visually impaired visitors.
Assistive Products. This area contains links to vendors that sell assistive (a.k.a. "self-help") products for blind and visually impaired individuals. Their products include talking clocks, canes, raised line drawing kits, etc.
Legal. Topics in this area include Federal and state laws impacting visually impaired individuals.
Medical. In this area, you'll find sources for information about medical conditions and treatments relating to eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosis, retinopathy of prematurity, glaucoma and more.
Organizations. Agencies and groups that provide services or support to the visually impaired are listed in this area.
Entertainment. This area contains information on speech-friendly computer games, movie reviews for blind individuals, MIDI music files, and sites where you can listen to audio versions of books, music and newspapers.
Research. This area is a collection of sites that are excellent sources for doing research, including educational databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, search engines and more.
Bookstore. In the V.I. Guide Bookstore, you'll find lots of books about blindness and visual impairments and teaching individuals with those conditions. All of these books have been recommended by our visitors!
Magazine Rack. Our Magazine Rack features magazines relating to visual impairments that can be obtained over the Internet -- for free!
On the Lighter Side. Here is a humorous and often-times inspirational set of quotes and anecdotes by and about people with visual impairments.
Networking with Others. Visit this area to find out how to locate other people and resources on the Internet, via e-mail mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups and directories.
Parenting. This area contains links to a variety sites about parenting, particular those concerning parenting a child with special needs.
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