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Expanded Core Curriculum: Resources for You from AFB Press

The expanded core curriculum—the body of skills needed by students with visual impairments to participate fully in school, work, and daily life—is not an optional part of a student's educational program but, perhaps, the most essential part. Without these critically important skills, students who are visually impaired cannot access the standard core curriculum or engage in many of the activities that are basic to their own well-being. Because of the fundamental significance of these skills, AFB Press has published a wide range of information and tools on all areas of this vital curriculum. In addition to books, book chapters, ePublications, and video and DVD resources, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) contains a wealth of invaluable insights on effective instructional principles and strategies designed to help you deliver successful instruction.

For more information and to obtain these resources, visit www.afb.org/store or www.afb.org/store/epublications.asp or call (800) 232-3044 [outside the United States call (412) 741-1398] to purchase print, video, and ePublications; subscribe to JVIB; or buy individual JVIB articles.

General

Collaborative Assessment: Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Including Those with Additional Disabilities, edited by Stephen A. Goodman and Stuart H. Wittenstein (2003).

Foundations of Education (2d ed.), Volume I: History and Theory of Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by M. C. Holbrook and A. J. Koenig; Volume II: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000).

The National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities (revised), by Members of the National Agenda Steering Committee: Kathleen M. Huebner, Brunhilde Merk- Adam, Donna Stryker, and Karen Wolffe (2004).

Compensatory Skills, Including Communication Modes

Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy, by Anna M. Swenson (1998).

Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach, by Diane P. Wormsley (2004).

"Coming Across: Daily Living and Communicating," (pp. 141-171), in Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell (1985). (book chapter)

"Expanded Core Curriculum: Education," by Lizabeth Barclay (pp. 94-149), in Collaborative Assessment: Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Including Those with Additional Disabilities, edited by Stephen A. Goodman and Stuart H. Wittenstein (2003). (book chapter)

Foundations of Braille Literacy, by Evelyn J. Rex, Alan J. Koenig, Diane P. Wormsley, and Robert L. Baker (1995).

Guidelines and Games for Teaching Efficient Braille Reading, by Myrna R. Olson and Sally S. Mangold (1981).

Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf- Blind, edited by Kathleen Mary Huebner, Jeanne Glidden Prickett, Therese Rafalowski Welch, and Elga Joffee (1995).

Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy, by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Diane P. Wormsley (1997).

"Literacy Focus: Developing Skills and Motivation for Reading and Writing," by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (pp. 154-187), in Early Focus: Working with Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families (2d ed.), edited by Rona L. Pogrund and Diane L. Fazzi (2002). (book chapter)

"Literacy Skills," by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (pp. 264-329), in Foundations of Education (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Looking to Learn: Promoting Literacy Skills in Students with Low Vision, by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Carol Farrenkopf (2000).

Making the Most of Early Communication: Strategies for Supporting Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Vision and Hearing Loss, by Deborah Chen and Pamela Haag Schachter (1997). (videocassette and discussion guide)

"Mathematics," by Gaylen Kapperman, Toni Heinze, and Jodi Sticken (pp. 370-399), in Foundations of Education (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

"Social Studies and Science," by David B. Ross and Margaret C. Robinson (pp. 330-369), in Foundations of Education (2d ed.), Volume II: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children andYouth with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

"Specialized Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments," by Alan J. Koenig, M. Cay Holbrook, Anne L. Corn, Linda B. DePriest, Jane N. Erin, and Ike Presley (pp. 103-172), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Tactile Graphics, by Polly K. Edman (1992).

Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities, by Deborah Chen and June E. Downing (2006). (videocassette or DVD).

Tactile Strategies for Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities: Promoting Communication and Learning Skills, by Deborah Chen and June E. Downing (2006).

Understanding Braille Literacy (1993). (videocassette)

Orientation and Mobility

Art and Science of Teaching Orientation and Mobility to Persons with Visual Impairments, by William H. Jacobson (1993).

"Expanded Core Curriculum," by Frances K. Liefert (pp. 298-316), in Collaborative Assessment: Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Including Those with Additional Disabilities, edited by Stephen A. Goodman and Stuart H. Wittenstein (2003). (book chapter)

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility (2d ed.), edited by Bruce B. Blasch, William R. Wiener, and Richard L. Welsh (1997).

Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf- Blind, edited by Kathleen Mary Huebner, Jeanne Glidden Prickett, Therese Rafalowski Welch, and Elga Joffee (1995).

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Developing Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, by Rosemarie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Huebner (1987).

Imagining the Possibilities: Creative Approaches to Orientation and Mobility Instruction for Persons Who Are Visually Impaired, by Diane L. Fazzi and Barbara A. Petersmeyer (2001).

Independence without Sight or Sound: Suggestions for Practitioners Working with Deaf-Blind Adults, by Dona Sauerburger (1993).

"Mobility Focus: Developing Early Skills for Orientation and Mobility," by Tanni L. Anthony, Hannah Bleier, Diane L. Fazzi, Daniel Kish, and Rona L. Pogrund (pp. 326-404), in Early Focus: Working with Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families (2d ed.), edited by Rona L. Pogrund and Diane L. Fazzi (2002). (book chapter)

"Motor Focus: Promoting Movement Experiences and Motor Development," by Chris A. Strickling and Rona L. Pogrund (pp. 287-325), in Early Focus: Working With Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families (2d ed.), edited by Rona L. Pogrund and Diane L. Fazzi (2002). (book chapter)

"Orientation and Mobility," by Nora Griffin-Shirley, Sharon Trusty, and Rachel Rickard (pp. 529-568), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

An Orientation and Mobility Primer for Families and Young Children, by Bonnie Dodson-Burk and Everett W. Hill (1989).

Orientation and Mobility Techniques: A Guide for the Practitioner, by Everett W. Hill and Purvis Ponder (1976).

"Picking Up: Using One's Hands to Learn About the World" (pp. 115-139), in Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell (1985). (book chapter)

"Taking Off: Motor Development" (pp. 77-113), in Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell (1985). (book chapter)

Teaching Orientation and Mobility in the Schools: An Instructor's Companion, by Natalie Isaak Knott (2002).

Social Interaction Skills

Development of Social Skills by Blind and Visually Impaired Students: Exploratory Studies and Strategies, edited by Sharon Zell Sacks, with Linda S. Kekelis and Robert J. Gaylord-Ross (1992).

Focused On: Social Skills - a 5 title series, by Sharon Z. Sacks and Karen E. Wolffe (2007). (DVD, with guidebooks)

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Developing Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, by Rosemarie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Huebner (1987).

"Social Skills," by Sharon Zell Sacks and Rosanne K. Silberman (pp. 616-652), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to Practice, edited by Sharon Z. Sacks and Karen E. Wolffe (2006).

Independent Living Skills

"Coming Across: Daily Living and Communicating" (pp. 141-171), in Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell (1985). (book chapter)

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Developing Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, by Rosemarie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Huebner (1987).

"Independence Focus: Promoting Independence in Daily Living and Recreational Skills," by Rona L. Pogrund (pp. 218-249), in Early Focus: Working With Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families (2d ed.), edited by Rona L. Pogrund and Diane L. Fazzi (2002). (book chapter)

Independent Living Skills, by Pat Kelley and Pat Smith (pp. 569-615), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Recreational and Leisure Skills

Art Beyond Sight: A Resource Guide to Art, Creativity, and Visual Impairment, edited by Elisabeth Salzhauer Axel and Nina Sobol Levent (2003).

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Developing Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, by Rosemarie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Huebner (1987).

Reaching Out: A Creative Access Guide for Designing Exhibits and Cultural Services for Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, by Elga Joffee and May Ann Siller (1997). (videocassette and guidebook)

"Recreation and Leisure Skills," by Duncan McGregor and Carol Farrenkopf (pp. 679-719), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Career Education and Transition

Business Owners Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, by Deborah Kendrick (2000).

"Career Education," by Karen E. Wolffe (pp. 679-719), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Career Perspectives: Interviews with Blind and Visually Impaired Professionals, by Marie Attmore (1990).

College Bound: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, by Ellen Trief and Raquel Feeney (2005).

"Employment" (pp. 55-61), in A Practical Guide to the ADA and Visual Impairment, by Elga Joffee (1999).

Health Care Professionals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, by Deborah Kendrick (2001).

Jobs to Be Proud Of: Profiles of Workers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, by Deborah Kendrick (1993).

Skills for Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments, edited by Karen E. Wolffe (1998).

Teachers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, by Deborah Kendrick (1998).

"Transition: Planning for the World Beyond School," by Karen E. Wolffe (pp. 245-292), in A Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments, edited by Susan LaVenture (2006). (book chapter)

Assistive Technology

2008 AccessWorld® Guide to Assistive Technology Products (2008).

"Assistive Technology," by James Carreon (pp. 161-178), in Itinerant Teaching: Tricks of the Trade for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, by Jean E. Olmstead (2005). (book chapter)

"Assistive Technology," by Gaylen Kapperman and Jodi Sticken (pp. 500-528), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment, by Ike Presley and Frances Mary D'Andrea (in press).

Sensory Efficiency

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students' Learning Needs, by Marilyn H. Gense and D. Jay Gense (2005).

Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, by Christine Roman-Lantzy (2007).

Early Focus: Working With Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families (2d ed.), edited by Rona L. Pogrund and Diane L. Fazzi (2002).

Essential Elements in Early Intervention: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities, edited by Deborah Chen (1999).

Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives, edited by Anne L. Corn and Alan J. Koenig (1996).

Functional Vision: A Practitioner's Guide to Evaluation and Intervention, edited by Amanda Hall Lueck (2004).

Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf- Blind, edited by Kathleen Mary Huebner, Jeanne Glidden Prickett, Therese Rafalowski Welch, and Elga Joffee (1995).

Independence without Sight or Sound: Suggestions for Practitioners Working with Deaf-Blind Adults, by Dona Sauerburger (1993).

Looking to Learn: Promoting Literacy for Students with Low Vision, edited by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Carol Farrenkopf (2000).

Preschool Vision Stimulation: It's More than a Flashlight! Developmental Perspectives for Visually and Multihandicapped Infants and Preschoolers, by Lois Harrell and Nancy Akeson (1987).

Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities, by Deborah Chen and June E. Downing (2006). (videocassette or DVD)

Tactile Strategies for Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities: Promoting Communication and Learning Skills, by Deborah Chen and June E. Downing (2006).

"Thinking It Through: Knowing Oneself and Understanding the World (pp. 173-218), in Reach Out and Teach: Meeting the Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell (1985). (book chapter)

Understanding Low Vision, edited by Randall T. Jose (1983).

Vision Tests for Infants, by Deborah Chen and Deborah Orel-Bixler (1997). (videocassette)

and discussion guide)

What Can Baby See? Vision Tests and Intervention Strategies for Infants with Multiple Disabilities, by Deborah Chen (1997). (videocassette and discussion guide)

When You Have a Visually Impaired Student with Multiple Disabilities in Your Classroom: A Guide for Teachers, by Jane N. Erin (Susan J. Spungin, Consulting Editor) (2002).

Self-Determination

"Career Education," by Karen E. Wolffe (pp. 679-719), in Foundations of Education, (2d ed.), Volume 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, edited by Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook (2000). (book chapter)

College Bound:A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, by Ellen Trief and Raquel Feeney (2005).

Skills for Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments, edited by Karen E. Wolffe (1998).

Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to Practice, edited by Sharon Z. Sacks and Karen E. Wolffe (2006).

"Transition: Planning for the World Beyond School," by Karen E. Wolffe (pp. 245-292), in A Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments, edited by Susan LaVenture (2006).

When You Have a Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom: A Guide for Paraeducators, by Joanne Russotti and Rona Shaw (Susan J. Spungin, Consulting Editor) (2004).

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