Low Vision Resources

A rich collection of resources on the World Wide Web is available to those who wish to know more about visual impairments and about resources and accommodations for students with visual impairments. The following Web sites provide a good start.

Access Adobe
A resource designed to help people with visual disabilities work more effectively with Adobe Acrobat Software.
http://access.adobe.com/

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired
Programs, services, and products for people who are visually impaired.
http://www.aerbvi.org/

Closing the Gap
Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation
http://www.closingthegap.com/

eSight Careers Network
Employment and small business information and career networking for people who are blind or visually impaired.
http://www.esightcareers.net/

Disability-Related Resources on the Internet
A comprehensive list of Web sites and discussion lists related to disability.
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/DRR/

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
Workshops, publications, and resources about computer access for people with disabilities.
http://people.rit.edu/easi/index.htm

Learning Ally
A non-profit group that provides audio textbooks to students with learning disabilities and visual impairments.
www.LearningAlly.org

Lighthouse International
Basic guidelines for making effective text legibility choices.
http://www.lighthouse.org/text_only/t_print_leg.htm

Lighthouse International
Effective color contrast design for people with partial sight and color deficiencies.
http://www.lighthouse.org/text_only/t_color_contrast.htm

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Free library of Braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a nationwide network of cooperating libraries.
http://www.loc.gov/nls/

National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH)
Low vision aids and information about NAVH membership.
http://www.navh.org/

National Center on Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
NCSA Mosaic Access Page.
http://bucky.aa.uic.edu/index.html

Project Assist - Iowa Department for the Blind
Creates and sells tutorials and keyboard guides that help people who are blind use popular Windows programs.
http://www.blind.state.ia.us/assist/

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
General information on research, training, and publications for blindness and low vision.
http://www.blind.msstate.edu/blind.html

Trace Research and Development Center
An interdisciplinary research, development and resource center on technology and disability.
http://www.trace.wisc.edu/

U.S. National Federation of the Blind
Education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications, adaptive equipment, advocacy services, job opportunities and support for blind people and their families.
http://www.nfb.org/

VITAC - Descriptive Video Resource
Providing both captioning and video description services.
http://www.vitac.com/

For additional information consult the DO-IT publication Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments.