Educational Publications

Perkins publications are just one way our experts share knowledge and best practices with professionals, families and educators all over the globe. Check out a few examples below, or purchase from our complete list of offerings at the Perkins Solutions store.

Blind and Visually Impaired Students: Educational Service Guidelines

The intention of this guidelines document for programs serving students who are blind or visually impaired is to provide a road map for agencies, education service providers and parents. The chapters provide, in detail, needed program elements outlining comprehensive quality programs for students with visual impairment. The guidelines focus on best practices without value judgement of existing programs or personnel.


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Introducing Braille

The focus of this iBook is to help children become excited about reading and writing braille and to be curious and confident as they explore it. The goal is to introduce children to why we read and write braille, and to understand how reading and writing are integrated.

Developed to encourage and guide teachers and families as they usher young students into the exciting world of braille literacy, it is created for children in the transitional phase: those who have experienced early braille literacy events like forming basic concepts/vocabulary, but who are not yet participating in formal braille instruction, which generally begins in kindergarten or first grade.



Alternate Routes: Adapting Orientation and Mobility Techniques

This video and companion booklet is a resource for orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists working with students who are having trouble learning standard O&M techniques.

Adapted O&M techniques are presented that are appropriate for children and adults who have physical and/or cognitive disabilities in addition to visual impairment.



Total Life Learning: Preparing for Transition. A Curriculum for All Students with Sensory Impairments

Developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired (including those students who have additional disabilities) or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable students to maximize independence, self-determination, employability and participation in the community.



Sports for Everyone: A Handbook for Starting Sports Camps for Children with Visual Impairments

The purpose of this manual is to provide potential camp directors with material and information that will help them run a successful camp that empowers children with visual impairments, blindness and deafblindness to participate in sports to the best of their ability.

This manual can be used with children of various disabilities and is also applicable to other disciplines such as arts and crafts, recreation, science, etc.



Help Yourself: Mealtime Skills for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

A how-to guide for parents and professionals working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. It provides specific examples for various mealtime skills including pouring, spreading, serving, cutting and slicing and using condiments.

Good mealtime skills can help prevent social isolation for children with visual impairments who do not have the chance to learn by observing and imitating others. They need explicit instruction and feedback to gain the information and skills needed to fit in with peers.



Making Science Accessible

This book is for the science teacher in the mainstream science classroom working with a student with visual impairments. It offers a variety of multisensory activities, suggestions for easy adaptations and readily available equipment that can help all students learn basic physics concepts.

Activities included in the book are based on the National Science Education Standards to which most states have aligned their science curricula.



Communications and Congenital Deafblindness

This publication consists of four booklets on Communication and Deafblindness, each with its own focus. They have been written to support and inspire individuals and teams around each person with deafblindness.

A companion DVD is included with each booklet to illustrate the concepts described. The booklets are based on the work of Deafblind International’s Communication Network.



Undaunted by Blindness

This book provides concise biographical information about 400 notable people who are blind. Author and history lover Cliff Olstrom was inspired to write this book by the many interesting lives he reads about in his studies.

The subjects come from every historical period and every walk of life: musicians, writers, administrators, innovators, teachers, singers, politicians, songwriters, composers, athletes, poets, ministers, scientists, judges, physicians, radio broadcasters, mathematicians, philanthropists, historians, businesspeople and actors.

Many were born blind, and others made their greatest contributions after becoming blind later in life.



Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler

Written by Perkins Library Director Kim Charlson, Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler contains step-by-step directions for creating 36 different drawings ranging from basic to highly intricate. Drawings include shapes, various animals and pictures with holiday and transportation themes.

The actual braille pictures are included to show what the drawings will look and feel like when completed. This book shows both sighted and blind readers that braille can be used to create visual pictures. Available in large print and braille editions.



How We See It: A Basic Guide to Low Vision

How We See It is a guide that provides a good foundation for understanding low vision in children. Topics include an understanding of vision, different categories of vision loss and how it may affect functioning.

It also provides very practical information about preparing children for low vision examinations along with common environmental adaptations. It is a valuable resource for aspiring teachers, personnel preparation programs in special education and for parents.



Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines

Deafblindness: Education Service Guidelines was developed as a collaborative efforts among leaders in the field of deafblindness, the National Family Association for the Deafblind, State Deafblind project and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

This publication is a best practice guide that educational administrators at the state, local and program levels can use to understand the implications of combined vision and hearing losses on learning; and to recognize the need for specialized assessment, program planning and service delivery.



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