IDEAS AND RESOURCES FOR VIISA AND INSITE TRAINERS
New Resource to go with the Communication Matrix
Staff at the New Mexico School for the Blind have been working on intervention guidelines and activities to go with the Communication Matrix that can be found on a new website: www.Communication-In-Action.org. It is worth checking out!
New Resources on the Expanded Core
Teaching Life Differently: The Expanded Core Curriculum for Babies and Young Children with Visual Impairmentis available from Perkins School for the Blind, www.Perkins.org or amazon.com. It was developed and photographed at Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, CO. It covers nine core areas which address the goal of becoming competent, contributing members of the community, with supports as necessary for children who are visually impaired. These core areas include sensory efficiency, independent living, orientation and mobility, social skills, recreation and leisure, self-determination, assistive technology, compensatory skills and career education. This manual beautifully discusses and depicts through words and pictures how the ECC can be addressed with young children, birth to five who are blind/visually impaired using a variety of rich, hands-on experiences.
Every Child Can/Expanded Core Curriculum is a new video available for purchase on a DVD or USB stick for $50 plus S&H from www.vips.org/store in Louisville, KY. It shows how the 9 areas of the expanded core can be addressed at home, in the preschool and in the community with young children who are blind/visually impaired.
New resources on Cortical Visual Impairment:
The Website: teachcvi.net has several CVI screening tools that are worth looking at along with some handouts on interventions and adapted materials for use with these children.
Dr. Fazzi in Italy has developed a screening tool for use in the NICU to screen for infants at risk for CVI. It is called the NAVEG.
There is a new videoclip available on YouTube entitled "What is CVI? The Story of Christy, Flores and Bertine" developed in Holland. Another good video is "Through My Eyes" made by a teenage boy who has CVI.
A new resource for CVI that will soon be available through APH (American Printing House for the Blind) is a modification of "Developmental Guidelines" with an emphasis on CVI and developmentally appropriate interventions. Deborah Chen and Amanda Lueck have been working on it.
Some good websites for CVI include www.cviscotland.org. Dr. Dutton has a new course on CVI that you can view on this site. Another site is www.strategytosee. The Texas School for the Blind website, www.tsbvi.edu has a nice series of video training clips on Dr. Roman's CVI phases. APH has a section on their website www.aph.org on CVI with new updated information. A third site on CVI is www.littlebearsees.org. They have created some new simple iPad apps to use with young children with CVI which can be purchased on this Website.
For some ideas on homemade books to make for children with CVI click here to download.