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Animals. DK Braille Books, $25.99

Learn about lions, elephants, koalas, and more in this exciting reference book designed specifically for blind or visually impaired readers. The pages combine braille, large print, and high-contrast photography with clear and predictive layouts for curious young readers. The images are large and embossed, flocked, or glossed with explanatory text, and the text is both embossed braille and printed in large text format for a shared reading experience for sighted readers.


Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students Learning Needs. Marilyn Gense & D. Jay Gense, $75.95

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT focuses on the complex and varied effects on learning and behavior that result when a child with an autism spectrum disorder is also visually impaired. In this comprehensive look at how ASDs interact with visual impairments, two exceptional educators condense their years of personal and professional experience into a one-of-a-kind handbook of effective ways to work with students.


The Black Book of Colors. Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria, $17.95

It is difficult for a sighted person to imagine what it is like to be blind. This groundbreaking, award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing.

Raised black line drawings on black paper, which can be deciphered by touch, complement a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery. Braille letters accompany the text so that the sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to use Braille to read. A full Braille alphabet at the end of the book can be used to learn more.

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Blind Vision: the Neuroscience of Visual Impairment. Zaira Cattaneo & Tomaso Vecchi, $39.95

Can a blind person see? The very idea seems paradoxical. And yet, if we conceive of "seeing" as the ability to generate internal mental representations that may contain visual details, the idea of blind vision becomes a concept subject to investigation. In this book, Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi examine the effects of blindness and other types of visual deficit on the development and functioning of the human cognitive system. Drawing on behavioral and neurophysiological data, Cattaneo and Vecchi analyze research on mental imagery, spatial cognition, and compensatory mechanisms at the sensorial, cognitive, and cortical levels in individuals with complete or profound visual impairment.

Cattaneo and Vecchi address critical questions of broad importance: the relationship of visual perception to imagery and working memory and the extent to which mental imagery depends on normal vision; the functional and neural relationships between vision and the other senses; the specific aspects of the visual experience that are crucial to cognitive development or specific cognitive mechanisms; and the extraordinary plasticity of the brain. With BLIND VISION, Cattaneo and Vecchi take on the “tyranny of the visual,” pointing to the importance of the other senses in cognition.


C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Ryan Knighton, $22.00

Becoming a father is a stressful, daunting rite of passage to be sure, but for a blind father, the fears are unimaginably heightened. But this is no pity party, and author Ryan Knighton has no time for sentimentality. Tackling these hurdles with grace and humour, Ryan is determined to do his part — and this is where the fun starts. From holding his daughter as she wails into the night to their first nerve-wracking walk to the cafe, no activity between father and daughter is without its pitfalls. In his struggle to "see" Tess, Ryan re-imagines the relationship between father and child during that first chaotic year.


College Bound: a Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition. Ellen Trief, $79.95

The transition from high school to college is a significant turning point in life, but it can come with unique challenges if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired. The revised and updated College Bound helps students prepare for their new life in college, develop useful skills, and negotiate for and coordinate appropriate services. This large-print, full-color guide also includes strategies for organization, time management, research, studying, and self-advocacy. You’ll also find information about college application procedures, navigating the web, and assistive technology. College Bound provides a roadmap for a successful journey through college life.

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Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention. Christine Roman-Lantzy, $91.95

The current leading cause of visual impairment among children is not a disease or condition of the eyes, but cortical visual impairment (CVI) — also known as cerebral visual impairment — in which visual dysfunction is caused by damage or injury to the brain. The definition, nature, and treatment of CVI are the focus of great concern and widespread debate, and this complex condition poses challenges to professionals and families seeking to support the growth and development of visually impaired children. On the basis of more than 30 years' experience in working with hundreds of children of all ages with CVI, Christine Roman-Lantzy has developed a set of unique assessment tools and systematic, targeted principles whose use has helped children learn to use their vision more effectively. This one-of-a-kind resource provides readers with both a conceptual.


Counting. DK Braille Books, $18.99

Explore tactile spreads in different textures to discover counting techniques with a book designed specifically for blind or visually impaired readers. The pages combine Braille, large print, and high contrast photography with clear and predictive layouts for curious young readers. The accompanying story in print and Braille takes readers on a counting adventure in the park.

Shapes. DK Braille Books, $18.99

Shapes is a unique book that helps young blind or visually impaired readers learn their shapes in a format specifically designed for them.


Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: a Developmental Guide. J.M. McInnes & J.A. Treffry, $35.95

This is a comprehensive reference guide for teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals working or living with children who are both deaf and blind. It provides day-to-day guidance and suggestions about techniques and methods for assessing children with multi-sensory deprivation, and for devising programs to help them cope.


Erik the Red Sees Green. Julie Anderson, illustrated by David López, $22.99

What does it mean to be color-blind? What happens when you see things in a different way? This picture book tells the story of a young boy with Colour Vision Deficiency — and how his parents, teachers and friends all chip in to help him.

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Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working Toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child. Carol Castellano, $34.95 (Pre-K to Middle School)

All parents hope for an independent future for their blind/visually impaired child. To turn that hope into a reality, parents need to understand the scope of skill development that must be addressed, along with the importance of equal expectations for the child's development, proper training, and opportunity to practice and develop skills. The purpose of this book is to guide parents and teachers in fostering the blind/visually impaired child's skill development in such critical areas as academics, independent movement and travel, social interaction, daily living, and self-advocacy, so that he or she will truly be on the road to an independent future.

A practical, easy to use guide, the book warns about common problem areas and provides ideas for getting and keeping the child's education and development on track. It highlights the interplay between skills and competence, confidence, self-respect, and the respect of others.

Keep Your Ear on the Ball. Genevieve Petrillo, Illustrated by Lea Lyon, $25.95

Davey is blind and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well-meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance — until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team. Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom.


Keys to Educational Success: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities. Edited By Sharon Sacks & Mary Zatta, $115.95

Every student has unique learning needs, but addressing the diverse needs of students who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities can be particularly challenging for teachers. Keys to Educational Success helps educators unlock the learning potential of their students by providing key program strategies that can be directly applied to classroom learning routines. Keys to Educational Success is an important reference for special education teachers, educational team members, and administrators. The book includes information about:

  • Assessment basics
  • IEP development
  • Instructional planning and design
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Behavior intervention
  • Social skills
  • Assistive technology
  • Independent living skills
  • Early Intervention
  • Life transitions after school

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Knots On a Counting Rope. Bill Martin, Jr, $8.99

In a poignant tale of intergenerational love and respect, the counting rope becomes a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy's emerging confidence in facing his greatest challenge: blindness.


LEGO® DUPLO® Farm. DK Braille Books, $18.99

A high-quality LEGO® DUPLO® book with braille and tactile images for blind and partially sighted parents and children to share with their sighted family members. Produced in consultation with braille experts, this board book explores a LEGO DUPLO farm with animals including pigs, ducks, chickens, cows, sheep and horses. It combines high contrast colours with embossed images of the models for children to feel.

Large-size text is printed alongside the braille, enabling sighted children to share the bonding experience of reading with their visually impaired parents, or for sighted parents to share with their visually impaired children.


Little Bear Sees: How Children with Cortical Visual Impairment Can Learn to See. Aubri Tallent, Andrei Tallent, Fredy Bush, $29.95

Cortical visual impairment (CVI), the leading cause of visual impairment in children today, is caused by damage to visual centers of the brain. Unfortunately, CVI is very often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because many doctors, therapists and educators simply do not know about it. There is hope! Children with CVI can learn to see, their vision can get better! As parents of a child with CVI, the authors know how daunting it can be to raise a child with visual impairment. Little Bear Sees is the first book about CVI written by parents for parents.

As you read Little Bear Sees, you will meet other families facing the many challenges that come with a diagnosis of CVI. You will learn exactly what CVI is, what common characteristics to look for to determine if your child has CVI and how the eyes and brain work together to facilitate vision. You will learn strategies and ideas for helping your child learn to see from the leading experts in cortical visual impairment. This book was written for parents in the hope that it will be shared with doctors, therapists, family, friends and all those whose lives are touched by a child with CVI.

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Lola and I. Chiara Valentina Segre, $18.95

Secretly told through the perspective of a seeing-eye dog, Lola and I is a story of a friendship with a rocky start. Lola, the human, was blinded in a car accident. She moves to the city with her seeing-eye dog, Star, and Star describes Lola's pains and struggles as she adjusts to her new condition. Eventually with Star's help, Lola is able to find joy in her day-to-day life and her friendship with Star grows.



Looking Out For Sarah. Glenna Lang, $8.95

Morris and Buddy: the Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog. Becky Hall, illustrated by Doris Ettinger, $22.99 (school age)

This is the real-life story of Frank Morris, who lost his sight at 16, and Buddy — the first Seeing Eye dog in America — and the legacy they created together.

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On the Move. DK Braille Books, $28.99

On the Move is a unique book that delivers engaging information on the world of transportation right to curious young minds.


A Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments. Edited By Susan LaVenture, $62.95

This handbook for parents, family members, and caregivers of children with visual impairments explains special education services that these children are likely to need and to which they are entitled--and how to make sure that they receive them.

Edited by Susan LaVenture, the Executive Director of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, and written by experienced professionals and parents, this helpful resource addresses the effect of visual impairment on a child's ability to learn and the services and educational programming that are essential for optimal learning. It is an invaluable manual, intended to help parents ensure that their children receive the best education possible.


Reading Connections: Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan & Leila Ansari Ricci, $89.95

Reading Connections is a hands-on guide for teachers and professionals working to improve the reading skills of their students. It helps them put together the essential components of reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension – by developing targeted teaching strategies for each component. Reading Connections addresses the needs of students who read print, Braille, or both and is consistent with methods for teaching reading to students who have, or are at risk for, developing reading disabilities. Reading Connections helps teachers:

  • Assess individual student reading performance
  • Create a balanced plan of reading for each student
  • Collaborate with other teachers, parents, and administrators

Reading Connections includes helpful resources and tools including:

  • Case studies of successful teaching efforts
  • An informal assessment that helps determine student strengths and needs
  • A list of resources for addressing the specific components of reading
  • Ready-to-use classroom activities

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The Secret Code. Dana Meachen-Rau, $6.95

A young boy named Oscar has a book that is very different from the rest of his classmates' books. Everyone thinks Oscar has a book with some sort of secret code, until he teaches his best friend Lucy how to understand the "secret code" of Braille.


Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers. Tony Deifell, Foreword by Robert Coles, $27.95

With its ambitious, seemingly paradoxical premise, Seeing Beyond Sight is a book of photographs taken by teenagers with limited or no sight. Seeing Beyond Sight documents how educator Tony Deifell taught his blind students to take pictures as an innovative, multi-sensory means of self-expression. Their intuitive images are surprising and often beautiful. Complementing the photographs are the students' own words explaining what the process and images mean to them. Seeing Beyond Sight is a rare book of visual art and an educational resource that speaks with inspirational power, not only to the visually impaired community, but to anyone who has ever considered what it means to see.


Six Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille. Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, $23.99

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet — a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

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Some Kids Are Blind. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (Preschool to Grade 2)

Text and photographs describe children who are blind, their challenges and adaptations, and their similarities with others.


Taking Visual Impairment to School. Rita Whitman Steingold, $16.95 (school age)

This beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read storybook tells the story of Lisa, a kid living with a visual impairment. Lisa, who is visually impaired, explains how she finds her way around school, knows where her clothes are in her closet, and even plays baseball. In addition, children with a visual impairment or children who have conditions that set them apart as being different begin to feel accepted and safe. The book includes a Kid Quiz to reinforce new information and Ten Tips for Teachers to provide additional facts and ideas for teacher use


Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment: a Guide to Making the School Curriculum Accessible. Ruth Salisbury, Editor, $69.95

Full of practical advice on making learning accessible for primary and secondary students with visual impairment, this book provides ideas:

  • for activities inside and outside the classroom
  • making the school’s physical environment accessible
  • inclusion in the school’s social environment

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Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits: a Guide for Occupational Therapists. $99.50

This extraordinary text is a collaboration of material from optometrists & occupational therapists. It is written to provide the occupational therapist with the essential information needed to understand vision problems, as well as evaluate, screen, & manage these problems. It discusses vision problems in the pediatric & acquired brain injury populations. Other topics include vision problems associated with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, & traumatic brain injury as well as visual field deficits, visual neglect, vision therapy procedures for oculomotility disorders, & effect of vision problems on occupational therapy intervention. Features: First book ever to combine the expertise from an optometrist & occupational therapist. Specific recommendations for direct intervention techniques for a variety of vision problems. Specific recommendations for supportive & compensatory interventions for visual field deficits & visual neglect.


Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children. Edited By Amanda Hall Lueck & Gordon Dutton, $135.95

Cerebral visual impairment, also known as cortical visual impairment, or CVI, has become the most common cause of visual impairment in children in the United States and the developed world. Vision and the Brain is a unique and comprehensive sourcebook of current knowledge about CVI and best practices for working with children. Expert contributors from many countries illuminate the complexities of vision loss related to brain injury and neurological causes and provide readers with approaches to assessment and intervention.


Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $170.00

The increased awareness of cerebral visual impairment in children, combined with improved recognition of its wide ranging manifestations, has led to its recognition as the most common cause of visual impairment in children in the developed world.

This ambitious book links the work of authors from many of the major research teams in this field, who have made significant contributions to the literature on the subject of cerebral visual impairment and provide a structured amalgam of the viewpoints of different specialists.  The book will be of great practical value to those who care for children with visual impairment due to brain injury.

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Complete Booklist

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students Learning Needs. Marilyn Gense & D. Jay Gense, $75.95

Blind Vision: the Neuroscience of Visual Impairment. Zaira Cattaneo & Tomaso Vecchi, $39.95

C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Ryan Knighton, $22.00

College Bound: a Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition. Ellen Trief, $79.95

Cortical Visual Impairment: an Approach to Assessment and Intervention. Christine Roman-Lantzy, $91.95

Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: a Developmental Guide. J.M. McInnes & J.A. Treffry, $35.95

Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working Toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child. Carol Castellano, $34.95 (Pre-K to Middle School)

Keys to Educational Success: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities. Edited By Sharon Sacks & Mary Zatta, $115.95

LEGO® DUPLO® Farm. DK Braille Books, $18.99

Little Bear Sees: How Children with Cortical Visual Impairment Can Learn to See. Aubri Tallent, Andrei Tallent, Fredy Bush, $29.95

A Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments. Edited By Susan LaVenture, $62.95

Reading Connections: Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan & Leila Ansari Ricci, $89.95

Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment: a Guide to Making the School Curriculum Accessible. Ruth Salisbury, Editor, $69.95

Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits: a Guide for Occupational Therapists. $99.50

Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children. Edited By Amanda Hall Lueck , Gordon Dutton, $135.95

Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $170.00

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Books for Kids

Animals. DK Braille Books, $25.99

Counting. DK Braille Books, $18.99

On the Move. DK Braille Books, $25.99

Shapes. DK Braille Books, $18.99

The Black Book of Colors. Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria, $17.95 (ages 6-12)

Erik the Red Sees Green. Julie Anderson, illustrated by David López, $22.99

Keep Your Ear on the Ball. Genevieve Petrillo, Illustrated by Lea Lyon, $25.95 (ages 5-8)

Knots On a Counting Rope. Bill Martin, Jr, $8.99

Lola and I. Chiara Valentina Segre, $18.95

Looking Out For Sarah. Glenna Lang, $8.95 (ages 5-8)

Morris and Buddy: the Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog. Becky Hall, $22.99 (ages 5-11)

On the Move. DK Braille Books, $28.99

The Secret Code. Dana Meachen-Rau, $6.95

Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers. Tony Deifell, Foreword by Robert Coles, $27.95

Six Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille. Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, $23.99

Some Kids Are Blind. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (ages 3-7)

Taking Visual Impairment to School. $16.95 (school age)

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