Children and babies who are blind often have trouble learning how to reach outside their comfort zone. Babies who are blind may have a limited range of motion or limited opportunities to explore their world. They may need help learning how to interact with and be actively involved in their environment.
Active Learning is the concept that babies and children who are blind or visually impaired learn best through hands-on learning and that learning can be more spontaneous and independent when done in a structured play space.
Technology moves in interesting ways: my washing machine tells me when the door is ajar, the refrigerator can report when I’m out of milk, and now my shoes can tell me which way to go. Pretty cool, right?
These shoes, called Lechal (“take me there” in Hindi), connect wirelessly to your GPS system and use vibration to direct the user in which direction they should go next. So if you need to go right, your right foot will vibrate, and if you’re supposed to go left…well, you get the picture.
This is too adorable for words! An enterprising mother has made a blind cane for her visually-impaired daughter’s American Girl doll. How cool is that?? She’s selling it for $10 on her etsy site, a bargain when you consider what most AG accessories can run you.
You want your kid to have a phone, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and you don’t want all kinds of bells and whistles. OwnFone may be your solution – it’s stripped down and simple, just places and receives calls. It doesn’t even text.
Even cooler, you choose the buttons for the phone, and one of those options is braille. You can also choose image buttons – pictures of the people that button will call – or the traditional number buttons.
Good news from the world of retinal research: they’re ready to start human trials to reverse age-related macular degeneration using adult stem cells. This article in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, details the work of Masayo Takahashi, a Japanese ophthalmologist at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.
Children with visual impairment learn by having direct, hands-on experiences with objects and events, including those in their community. Children with typical vision can observe from a distance (for example, while seated in a shopping buggy) and learn a great range of concepts this way. Children who are blind or visually impaired, on the other hand, have to get "up close and personal" with these same objects and events in order to learn about them and understand what is happening.