Resources for Teachers Parents & Kids

These links highlight partners that All Blind Children of Texas works with, blind friendly organizations and places, and other helpful information. Links are listed for information purposes only.

Resources

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (main site of the School)
  • Texas Talking Books Library services for blind and physically disabled Texans - a service of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Providing free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary.
    Our books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette, and we loan playback equipment to be used with TBP materials. Our materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers. And best of all, books are delivered right to your door, sent and returned through the mail free of charge. The program offers more than 80,000 titles in fiction and nonfiction, plus 80 national magazines for adults and children.
    Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday - 1-800-252-9605 Toll-free in Texas OR 512-463-5458 in Austin
  • Bookshare and Accessible Books for Texas programs - Bookshare is an online nonprofit library, free to any U.S. student who qualifies with a print disability.  This library is at no cost to students thanks to funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  Additionally, in Texas, there is a companion training group, funded by the Texas Education Agency, called Accessible Books for Texas, where local outreach coordinators provide no cost local training to schools and families to learn to use the library and free reading technologies.  Bookshare just crossed over a quarter million titles in the library collection and now serves more than 300,000 members, mostly children and adolescents in K-12 schools.
  • The Eyes of Me ABCTX was the fiscal sponsor for a documentary film that follows 4 students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for a year. The documentary had its world premiere at the SXSW film festival on March 20, 2009. The nationwide showing of “The Eyes of Me” on Independent Lens (http://www.itvs.org/films/eyes-of-me) occurred on March 2, 2010 The film is available at this time in various venues, including on Netflix.
  • Seedlings: Special projects that provide free braille books to visually impaired children.
  • National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
  • Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)
  • Family Connect: Connects parents of visually impaired children.
  • Candlelight Ranch: A haven for children and families, providing outdoor educational, recreational and theraeputic programs for children with special needs.
  • Morgan's Wonderland: The world's first completely accessible family fun park in San Antonio.
  • In Touch With Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People: A traveling exhibit from the Marie and Eugene Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.
  • Give as You Get: A site for internet shopping that donates part of your transaction to the nonprofit of your choosing.
  • Braille Revival League of Texas (BRLT): A membership organization whose purpose is to promote the teaching, production and the broader acceptance and use of Braille as the primary tool of literacy for people who are blind. Its membership is comprised of braille users, teachers, transcribers, braille producers and other individuals who are proponents and supporters of braille.
  • Texas Chargers, Incorporated: The letters in CHARGE stand for: Coloboma of the eye, Heart defects, Atresia of the choanae, Retardation of growth and/or development, Genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and Ear abnormalities and deafness. The Texas Chargers organization provides support to individuals with this syndrome and their families; to gather, develop, maintain and distribute information about this syndrome; and to promote awareness and research regarding its identification, cause and management.
  • Gone for Good: Donate your items and identify the nonprofit you want the funds from their sale to go to. Turn your stuff into cash to do good. Refresh, renew, de-clutter, downsize. One call or click to Gone For Good and you're finished.
  • Give Realty: A unique and boutique Austin real estate company that believes in giving back to the community. When you buy or sell a home, 25% of Give Realty’s commission is donated to a nonprofit or faith based organization of your choice.
  • AllAboutVision.com is a resource with more that 500 pages on eye health related topics, including Low Vision and Eye Problems. All articles are expert-reviewed by and Editorial Board of optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • Plushkies are educational toys in the shape of (4) countries that hlep raise global children by inspiring values of curiosity, wonder  and appreciation for diersity.
  • Slide-A-Round Math Manipulatives provide visual aids and a hands-on approach that increases students’ understanding and comprehension of place value, estimating and rounding of whole numbers and decimals, simplifying and comparing fractions, as well as addressing the standards of elapsed time and weight.
  • VisionAware’s Getting Started kit Over 21.2 million Americans report trouble seeing, and that number is on the rise. For adults experiencing vision loss for the first time, the diagnosis can feel overwhelming and stressful. To provide hope and help to handle the challenges of vision loss, and to connect users with the resources they need, VisionAware created a Getting Started Kit, available at visionaware.org/gettingstarted. Comprised of 10 "tip sheets," each sheet addresses practical solutions to everyday tasks such as reading, cooking, using computers, and more. The tip sheets are available as accessible PDFs that can easily be printed and shared.
  • Music for the Blind  Beginner courses taught completely “by ear” for over a dozen musical instruments. These courses use NO BRAILLE, NO PRINT, NO MUSIC, NO VIDEO. This format allows almost anyone to start playing their favorite musical instrument right away with only a standard CD player.
  • We Connect Now website website that connects and integrates college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment. The We Connect Now website has been up and serving college students with disabilities since April of 2008.

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