Learning Through Doing: A manual for parents and caregivers of children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities

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This manual for parents and caregivers of children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities is available as a free download through Blind People's Association.  The manual was developed with a team from India, with support from Perkins International (formerly known as Hilton/Perkins).  It includes dozens of ideas of simple, hands-on activities that are appropriate to the Asian context and village life, using locally-available materials.

Screenshot of activity from Learning through Doing


Table of Contents:

  • Preface 
  • General Introduction
  • General Guidelines
  • Content Areas
    • Social Skills
    • Personal Care
    • Orientation & Mobility
    • Functional Academics
    • Independent Living / Vocational Skills
    • Acquiring Skills Through Routine Activities - Festivals
    • Animals - Movies
  • Sample Formats
    • Assessment Form
    • IEP (Individual Education Plan)
    • Daily Report
  • Glossary
  • Resource
  • Organisations



  • Ms. Ushma Das, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
  • Ms. Jyoti Doshi, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
  • Ms. Madhvi Dhru, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
  • Dr. P. Lilavathy, The Clarke School for the Deaf and Mentally Retarded, Chennai
  • Mr. S. Mazmudar, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
  • Mr. Bipin Mehta, Gujrat Council for Education, Research & Training
  • Ms. Sumitra Mishra, National Association for the Blind, Delhi
  • Dr. Jayanti Narayan, National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad
  • Ms. Meena Nikam, National Association for the Blind, Mumbai
  • Mr. Akhil Paul, Sense International, India
  • Ms. Anusoya Sharma, National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun
  • Ms. Vimal Thawani, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
  • Ms. Beroz Vachha, Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf & Deafblind, Mumbai


Mr. Harish Purohit, Art Director, Copper Communication, Ahmedabad


Charlotte Cushman, Hilton/Perkins Program, USA

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Posted by Linda Hagood

I love this work! The illlustrations, the unit on Festivals, the structure of the guide, the discussion of functional academics--would like to see more of our programming in the US follow this format.  You are so productive, Charlotte Cushman--thanks for pulling this all together!

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