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What ever made me think that Shelby could not have an enviable life? Have you ever thought about your child having a life to be envied by others? I...
The Day I Realized That My Special Needs Child Deserves to Live an Enviable Life
Person first language. You're probably aware of this issue, but then again maybe you've not run into it yet. You have a child who is blind and as a...
Person First Language: "Child Who is Blind" or "Blind Child"
Perkins Early Connections Conference
When I decided to write an article on advocacy, I wondered if I should write from a personal perspective as a person with low vision or from a...
Learning Advocacy When You Have Low Vision
Yes, I get it. You're upset about something and you feel like the only way to let the world know is to organize and take to the streets. I understand...
An open letter to protestors from a special needs mom
One in a Million Baby Podcast
For kids with disabilities, growing up being the only one in your class to use a white cane or a wheelchair, and rarely seeing anyone like you...
#ToyLikeMe Brings Disability Awareness to the Toy Box
Parents of kids with special needs around the world are rejoicing after reading this article published in The New York Times Family Section. "When...
The NY Times Article Proving Classroom Inclusion Works
Download a Printable IEP Organizer
Oh, TED. The conference dreams are made of where people don't just listen... They act. The world is changed for the better because of one person and...
5 TED Talks by Presenters Who Are Blind
We have to make a lot of decisions for our visually impaired kids, but we always try to do what we think is best. At the same time we are also trying...
When My Blind Son Said He Didn't Want to Go to School Anymore
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It is a rarity to see accessible literature stocked in local mainstream libraries for children who have a visual impairment. This post is provided...
A mother's fight to make her library accessible for her blind children
Unlike most women, I absolutely hate shopping. Seriously, with a passion. The idea of going into a store to buy clothes is about appealing to me as...
Sometimes I just don't feel like "teaching" people about blindness
Lisa from the "A Day in Our Shoes" Blog shares a guide made up of 12 easy steps to teach anyone how to become a citizen lobbyist or activist for...
Guide to Becoming a Citizen Advocate (12 Easy Steps)
I want to make a difference in my community on their initial thoughts/opinions about blindness and Braille. I want to have the opportunity to work...
I want to make a difference in my community
In this blog post from UK-based parent's information sharing and support network throughscarlettseyes.com, guest author Holly Scott-Gardner talks...
The power of voice: How to teach your child to self advocate
I have had to understand the concepts of advocacy and self advocacy from an early age. I was born almost totally blind and with some additional...
Learning Advocacy and Self-Advocacy
Our first child Lucas was born in June 2002. Within a few days it was obvious that he had llife threatening medical issues. The most serious (or so...
This Blind Boy Can! How to Teach Your Child Independence and Start a Movement
Growing up with cerebral palsy in an environment where there was no one to really identify with made it difficult to establish my own normality. So...
How My Disability has Taught Me to Embrace My Own Uniqueness
There are over 6 million people with a visual disability in the United States according to a report produced by the American Community Survey in 2012...
Changes Coming to Make US Currency Accessible
Is your child a warrior? Do you view part of your job as a parent is to raise awareness about your child's condition? Then you absolutely have to...
Awareness T-Shirts for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired
We all have hopes and dreams for our children, and when they are born with seemingly debilitating issues, it can be hard to know what the future will...
Be the one to make it happen: Nancy Shugart's TED Talk
We all have a voice and we deserve to be heard. It's scary to reach out to legislators and other people in government, but sometimes it becomes a...
5 Tips to Becoming a Legislative Advocate for Your Special Needs Child
A friend told me about a friend who just got her daughter a free iPad through the iCanConnect program. iCanConnect is the national deaf-blind...
Friends Helping Friends: Why Special Needs Parents Have to Rely on Each Other
Dave's latest book Let Patients Help! is full of great advice and wisdom for anyone who likes to stay alive and avoid issues in the hospital. It's a...
Recommended Reading: Let Patients Help
Erin Rhinehart at BusinessLitigationInfo.com recently posted about a settlement in a class action law suit against Disney. A group of plaintiffs had...
Disney Parks Soon to be More Accessible for Blind Visitors
I am a wife, mother, teacher and advocate for people with disabilities. By the way I have cerebral palsy and I have had a stroke. Being asked to...
Learning to Forge my Own Identity while Living with Cerebral Palsy
The New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network & Perkins School for the Blind have created a collection of free downloadable resources for...
Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Deafblindness
Check out this video uploaded to YouTube by Perkins about Advocating for Your Child's Needs. The webcast focuses on a conversation with Diana Autin,...
Advocating for Your Child's Needs Webcast
You thought you were having a baby. Just one, or maybe twins (or more), but still just babies. Then you realized that because your child was born...
How to Work with Difficult Doctors & Therapists
Why is it so hard to find good help? In many states, services for visually impaired children, though mandated through strict federal laws, are very...
Fighting for Services for Your Blind Child
This article was adapted by the author, Carol Castellano, from her book Making it Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular...
Bringing Blindness Awareness to the Sighted Classroom