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- Lakeshore Learning sells adaptive equipment that you can pair with any of their multiethnic school dolls. You can choose a doll that looks like your child (they offer many different skin tones and hair colors) then pick the equipment they use to make a doll that your child can really relate to!
- Thomas is visually impaired and Jessica writes about the trials and successes of raising a little boy who is blind. She focuses quite a bit on the positive and explains how to get the services and resources all families need. She also writes a lot about feeding issues, beginning braille skills, O&M (Tom is so cute with his cane!) and iPad apps.
- Perkins is now offering online workshops for teachers and parents of children who are visually impaired. These workshops are sort of like “mini” online courses that offer an in-depth learning experience. Workshops can be done at any time that is convenient for you.
- Created to help families and parents of children with Albinism and its related visual impairments obtain and afford all of the vast items, devices and treatments their eyes need.
- AFB and Perkins have joined forces to ensure the Expanded Core Curriculum is taught in mainstream schools. This website is a terrific resource for parents who need to know exactly what the Expanded Core Curriculum is and how it's supposed to be implemented on an IEP and in the classroom.
- A very simple idea, but kind of ingenious at the same time, this button simply yells "no!" every time you press it. Children who are non-verbal often use switches for communication, so buttons may be a normal part of your day, but this one is really more of a toy than a communication device.
- This is a collection of free downloadable resources for families with children who are deafblind. Topics include early intervention services, the evaluation process for children who are deafblind, checklists for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, appropriate public education options, the transition to adult life and more.
- This downloadable PDF, by Occupational Therapist Donna Shaman, explains what CVI is in very easy to follow terms and develops a program that teachers and therapists can use to best teach students with CVI. The team approach that Donna encourages works best with family involvement too, so this can be a great way for parents to approach their school districts if they feel their child needs more structure in class.
- OTPlan matches the skills you want to work on, with the materials you have, to a detailed activity that will help you strengthen certain skills. Each activity details the purpose, materials needed, process, rating for the activity, and comments by people just like you.
- 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.