The Foundation Fighting Blindness is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its impact on the IRD community.
The health and safety of our Fighting Blindness community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time and will continue to update you on Foundation activities as decisions are made.
In the meantime, we hope this resource page provides you with some guidance while we stay home, particularly for those who are blind and visually impaired. This page will be ever-evolving, so be sure to continually check back for more resources!
COVID-19 News and Information
These sources can help stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker
- COVID Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired Community
- COVID Resources for Ophthalmologists
- Coping with COVID-19: Welcome to the “New Normal”
- Meet Me Accessibly, a guide to Zoom Meetings from a Blindness Perspective
- ProQR Talks episode about "Accessible information in an isolated time" with Molly Watt and Rebecca Alexander
- Accessibility and Digital Security Guide, a guide to cybersecurity for people with vision loss, hearing loss or a disability
- Coping with School Closures During COVID-19 from Paths to Literacy
- Free Audiobooks from Audible
- Ben Shaberman is providing free Audible, Kindle or paperback versions of his new young adult, science-fiction novel, Retina Boy. To get your free version of Retina Boy, email BShaberman@FightingBlindness.org and we’ll send you a promo code for Audible, a link to download on Kindle, or a paperback version. (Supplies are limited. Books are provided on a first come, first serve basis.)
- Accessibyte is offering free access to its entire cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students.
- Aira is offering free access for any college student for the remainder of the spring semester ending in May 2020.
- ObjectiveEd is providing their distance learning tools for all teachers and their students with vision impairments, at no charge, for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year.
- Accessible Color Wheel Game from National Braille Press
- Make Your Own Touch Book from Wonderbaby.org
- Minecraft: Education Edition – Create a Model of the Human Eye
- Accessible Gaming from the American Federation for the Blind
Artist Jen Aranyi has created custom coloring pages for the Foundation. These pages are free to download, print, and color. Thank you, Jen!