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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.


Counting. DK Braille Books, $16.99

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, $16.99

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

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Erik the Red Sees Green. Julie Anderson, illustrated by David López, $26.99

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.


Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working Toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child. Carol Castellano, $27.50 (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.

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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.


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

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Morris and Buddy: the Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog. Becky Hall, illustrated by Doris Ettinger, $26.99 (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.


On the Move. DK Braille Books, $25.99

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


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.


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.

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The Sound of Colors: a Journey of the Imagination. Jimmy Liao, $22.99

In this breathtaking, evocative book, a young blind girl travels from one subway station to another while her imagination takes her to impossibly wonderful places. She swims with the dolphins and sunbathes on a whale's back; flies through the air with the birds and travels to the station at the end of the world. Poetic text and haunting watercolor paintings in this unique book explore themes of overcoming a disability and the power of the imagination. The Sound of Colors is a magical book that will take readers on a journey unlike anything they've ever experienced before.


Taking Visual Impairment to School. Rita Whitman Steingold, Illustrated by Tom Dineen, $16.95 (Pre-K-3)

This fun-to-read storybook tells the story of Lisa, a young girl living with a visual impairment. When read aloud, other children can start to identify why a peer with a visual impairment may be treated differently and begin to empathize with the peer. 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.


Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment: a Guide to Making the School Curriculum Accessible. Ruth Salisbury, Editor, $57.50

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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Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $156.00

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.


When Your Child Has a Disability: the Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care, 2nd Edition. Mark Batshaw, $31.95

This easy-to-read guide is a proven resource for helping parents meet the demands of raising a child with a disability. You'll get updated, expert advice on a wide range of medical and educational issues as well as detailed coverage of the daily and long-term care requirements of specific disabilities, including visual impairment.  New to this edition are chapters exploring nutrition, dental care, and the transition to adulthood, as well as information on development and commonly used medications. Answers to frequently asked questions follow the chapters, addressing common parent concerns like sleep, behavior, medication, and potential complications.

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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

Children with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition: a Parent's Guide. M. Cay Holbrook (ed), $21.95

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

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

From a Different Viewpoint: the Lives and Experiences of Visually Impaired People. Sally French & John Swain $31.95

Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working Toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child. Carol Castellano, $27.50 (Pre-K to Middle School)

Guide to Planning and Support for Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind. J.M. McInnes (ed), $90.00 

Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment: a Guide to Making the School Curriculum Accessible. Ruth Salisbury, Editor, $63.50

Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits: a Guide for Occupational Therapists. $63.95

Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $156.00

When Your Child Has a Disability: the Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care, 2nd Edition. Mark Batshaw, $31.95

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Books for Kids

Animals. DK Braille Books, $25.99
Counting. DK Braille Books, $16.99
On the Move. DK Braille Books, $25.99
Shapes. DK Braille Books, $16.99

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, $26.99

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

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, $26.99 (ages 5-11)

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)

The Sound of Colors: a Journey of the Imagination. Jimmy Liao, $22.99 (ages 8 and up)

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

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