Sensory Impairment

This page houses the definitions of vision and deafblind included in the sensory impairment category according to Massachusetts special education law. Links to Massachusetts-specific and national resources are also provided.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers clear, brief, and highly informative fact sheets about specific disabilities, including sensory impairments. Each page provides definitions and signs to watch out for, explains learning tips for parents and teachers, and connects to other resources about each topic. Explore its resources for Visual Impairment and Blindness, Deafness and Hearing Loss, and Deaf-Blindness.

This page from the American Foundation for the Blind offers links to support for parents navigating homeschooling, for students beginning their college journey, for reading and accessibility, and for technology options at home and in the classroom.

This page houses the definitions of deaf and hard of hearing included in the sensory impairment category according to Massachusetts special education law. Links to Massachusetts-specific and national resources are also provided.

The resources collected by Signing Time Foundation and provided on this page connect parents of children with hearing loss to information regarding communication options, assessment and early intervention, and support services.

Paths to Literacy is committed to assisting parents and teachers in providing literacy instruction for all students, especially those who are blind or visually impaired.These self-paced guides and training modules for educators are designed for those who have blind or visually impaired students in their classrooms. The resources presented includes digitally-accessible worksheets, lesson plans, introductions to screen readers, and much more.

This page offers many links to organizations, resources, and guides on assistive technology and accessibility.

This guide designed for educators outlines the differences between the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafness categories. The page includes information about technology tools and advice about changes in the classroom to best meet the needs of students with sensory impairments.

This page was last updated on: 07/02/2021
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