Blind and Visually Impaired

This page provides links to various information, programs and resources related to students who are blind, have visual impairments or print disabilities.

Definition of Visual Impairment

“Visual impairment” including blindness means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Information and Resources

For additional information, contact CISAM at (800) 310-3317.

  • The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) provides services in Ohio for individuals with deafblindness from birth through age 21. Services include free collaborative technical assistance to families, educational personnel and service providers through training and information dissemination. 
  • Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program (ODBOP) is a program of the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, Comprehensive Program for the Deaf and a Helen Keller National Center affiliate. ODBOP provides services to individuals who are deaf-blind from age 15 and up. ODBOP offers communication and technology assessments, vocational training and employer support, and life management skills training. They also provide rental of assistive devices for use at home and work. 
  • State Library of Ohio (and local libraries) offer the Talking Book Program that provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment. Catalogs, large type books and books on tape are available.
    Deaf Education Resources - in conjunction with the Ohio School for the Deaf, the State Library has books and videos related to educating the deaf, including interpreting and sign language for teachers, parents and students who are deaf. To locate the resources, type interpreting and sign language into the search box. Click on the title of any item for more information about the resource. A State Library card is required to borrow an item from the collection, and any Ohio resident can apply for a card.

Other Resources

Last Modified: 4/23/2014 4:01:04 PM