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- Caroline's Cart is the brilliant idea of Drew Ann Long. She has developed an accessible shopping cart designed specifically for larger children and adults with low muscle tone and multiple disabilities. If your child is too big for a standard shopping cart at your grocery store then you probably know how badly this cart is needed.
- NFB believes the long white cane is a means to independence. The white cane has proved a useful tool to millions of blind people in navigating their environments with confidence and safety and with this in mind NFB has created a program to provide free white canes to people who are blind. Just fill out their online form to apply!
- This blog shares creative activity ideas for PT and OT. They believe that therapy should be fun - otherwise how will you get your child to keep up with it? Even though this blog is designed for therapists to get ideas for their clients, parents can find lots of fun activities here for their kids, too!
- Large pictures can be a great way to introduce concepts to children with low vision and can really help kids who need help with communication. LessonPix takes this idea one step further by allowing you to choose from their huge database of simple iconographic pictures and turn them into all sorts of hands-on learning materials.
- Pediastaff's Pinterest boards cover just about everything, from OT or behavioral hints to specific boards with resources about CP, autism or visual impairment. I also love their holiday-themed boards with craft and celebration ideas. Each board links to resources they've found around the internet that are relevant to the topic.
- This program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
- The Vision of Children is a California organization dedicated to curing hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders and to improve the lives of visually impaired children and their families. Besides collecting donations and raising money for research, they also encourage family advocacy and patient registries.
- "Amber & Max" is a candid sharing of the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences we have in living through Septo-Optic Dysplasia. It began as an effort to share information with family living out-of-state and grew into a way to offer support and understanding for families going through similar situations.
- What's soft, squeezable and makes a fun pop sound? The Squeeze 'n Pop Alligator from Playskool! We love this toy because it fits in little hands nicely and is easy to squeeze, but still gives hands a nice workout. Squeezing can be hard for some kids to do and this toy provides them the chance to practice while also giving them the fun "POP" feedback of the ball popping out of the alligator's nose.
- Barbara Smith, aka The Recycling OT, shares videos with ideas for making interesting games and toys that will encourage fine motor skills. Barbara's ideas often use simple objects you already have around the house, like reusable detergent bottles (hence the "recycling"), and turns them into ingenious devices that will both keep your child busy and teach them new skills. She's kind of a genius!
- The Color N Paint books feature twelve fun, raised line art drawings and include the printed word and Braille for each design. The raised line art pictures are perfect for visually impaired children to learn shapes and outlines. They are also beneficial to children and adults working to improve their fine motor skills and for anyone whose learning is enhanced through the sense of touch.
- This site provides a series of tip sheets covering different activities and ideas for working with children who are blind or visually impaired. Each month they put out a new tip sheet on a different topic, from "Making Object Books" to "Things to Try When You Get Stuck"... and everything in between!
- The California School for the Blind provides intensive, disability specific educational services for enrolled students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-disabled, whose primary learning needs are related to their visual impairment.
- For more than a century and a half, AIDB has been investing in the lives of thousands of infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors who are challenged by hearing and vision loss. AIDB has five campuses and eight regional centers throughout Alabama.
- Each transparent block in this set contains different types of beads so each one makes a different sound which is great for kids learning to play with auditory cues. For children with usable vision, the bright colors are very attractive plus these blocks look great on a light table!
- Wikki Stix are an easy way to create tactile graphics, assist with O & M training, map concepts, music lessons, daily living skills and much more. Since they adhere to almost any smooth surface with just fingertip pressure, they are easy to use to provide a raised line effect.
- Skylar Covich has a BS from St. Mary's College of California and a Master's of Political Science from UCSB. Skylar is now a PhD Student at the University of California Santa Barbara. This Clip is Skylar making a presentation introduction at the Political Science Association Conference at The Palmer House in Chicago on April 12, 2012 using his Braille Note.
- The MIRA Foundation is totally dedicated to helping disabled individuals by teaming them with dogs bred and fully trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs. They also offer a program for children 11 years and older. They are one of the only guide dog agency matching such young children with dogs.
- Jungle Jive is a pretty simple game that gets your child up and moving. Each card depicts a different position (some harder to hold than others, there are 3 levels of difficulty) and each player has to mimic the position shown on their card while holding on to an electronic egg. The object is to hold the egg steady and not tip it - or it will laugh at you!
- Here's a fun sensory activity that you can play any time of year, but would be especially fun at Easter time: Sound Eggs! Fill each egg with a different object to make different sounds when you shake them. Fill your eggs in pairs so you can play a matching game!
- These unique cards make the alphabet accessible to ALL children, especially those with sensory disabilities. Each of the 26 ABC cards is tactile and includes a word in both Sign Language and Braille, many also have a Scratch n' Sniff feature!
- Paths to Literacy is an online hub for information related to literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness. It includes original content, as well as links to other sites and resources available on the web.
- PlayAbility Toys creates toys designed specifically for children with visual impairments, hearing impairments, cognitive challenges and other challenges. PlayAbility Toys says that they make "special toys for special kids." From tactile puzzles to big balls with grips that make a cool sound, these guys carry it all. And the best part is they are affordable!
- The Forever Fix is a new book about Corey Haas, a little boy born blind with LCA. The book recounts his experiences with genetic therapy and how the therapy was able to restore his sight.
- From the creators of the first app for kids with CVI, Tap-n-See Zoo, comes the Little Bear Sees blog! Here you'll find all sorts of fun ideas for activities and toys for children and babies with CVI, from lights and switches to (my favorite) a trip to the aquarium!