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Resources for Educators of Deaf and Blind Students

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center - Shares the concerns of parents and professionals about the achievements of deaf students in different learning environments

Signing Exact English/Modern Signs Press A resource for classroom teachers using ASL. Includes an ASL dictionary with signs for phrases and idioms, along with games and simple tests to improve daily vocabulary.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - for augmentative communication, various equipment & methods - augmentative communication - OralMotor therapy - for working with deaf, blind or CHARGE students - lessons, ideas, research and more for working with blind children - resources for working with blind, visually impaired, multiply impaired students - for working with autistic children

Resources for Deaf and Blind Students

Described and Captioned Media Program

The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. These services include:

  • A library of free-loan described and captioned educational media.
  • A clearinghouse of information related to educational media access.
  • A gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility.

A center for training and evaluation of any service provider desiring to appear on the DCMP’s approved lists of video description and captioning service providers. There are no user registration or service fees.

The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf. Teachers, students, parents, and PreK-12 personnel working with these special populations are qualified to become DCMP clients.

Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

American Printing House for the Blind

MSDB orders outreach materials statewide for school districts with qualifying blind and visually impaired students through the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a federally funded program. A variety of resources are available through APH, including Large Print and Braille texts, tactile materials, Braillers, electronic aids and more.


Bookshare is an online library that makes print material available in downloadable digital text formats for schools and individuals with print disabilities. Bookshare provides more than 50,000 books, textbooks (including those housed in the NIMAC - see below), teacher-recommended reading, and more. Other libraries provide mainly human narrated audio or hardcopy Braille. Bookshare books can be easily used with access technology using synthetic speech, large print and/or Braille. If you are a U.S. student or a U.S. educational institution, your membership is free, through an award from the U.S. Department of Education. Be sure to fill out all the student/school information so you can qualify.


The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a national repository that holds electronic files converted from publishers of educational materials. It makes these “NIMAS” files available for the production of core instructional materials, such as textbooks, in accessible formats on behalf of eligible print-disabled students in grades K-12. Schools designate an Authorized User to retrieve. Montana schools are encouraged to coordinate their efforts to get specialized textbook formats to print disabled students by signing a "Coordination Agreement" and "Assurance Statement" through the Office of Public Instruction. For more information visit our NIMAC/NIMAS page.

Montana Talking Book Library

The Montana Talking Books Library advises and assists individuals, schools, and institutions in providing library services to qualifying individuals. Eligible Montana residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities can apply to the Montana Talking Book Library to receive loan materials through the mail, including audiobooks and playback equipment. In addition, Braille embossed books are available free to active patrons of the Montana Talking Book Library through an interview process. Braille services are contracted with the Utah State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic

RFB&D provides access to the nation's largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia. RFB&D offers titles in every subject area and grade level in a downloadable AudioPlus format as well as audio CD through the mail. Individual Membership is now free to individuals with proper certification, thanks to major funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Fee-based Institutional Memberships are also available to schools, agency and other institutions on behalf of qualifying students. Contact RFB&D for more information. - Braille books for kids - Adaptive PE equipment - Innovative products for the blind

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - This web site contains a variety of math and spatial concept puzzles and games for K-12 blind and visually impaired students.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) - The Library of Congress