Education

Find resources for parents interested in supporting their child's educational needs, from reading and literacy to math and science.

Filter by: Braille and Literacy, IEPs, iPad Apps and Accessibility, Math and Science

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IEPs, Special Needs

CVI Now Creates IEP Guide for Parents of Kids with CVI

Navigating the IEP can be stressful. Learn about the IEP process, what to expect, and how to develop CVI-specific goals and evaluations.

braille blocks, puzzles and buttons

Braille and Literacy, Toys

The Best Braille Toys for Kids Who are Blind

Everything from alphabet blocks to raised line coloring pages and activity books to puzzles to card and board games... and so much more! And it's all in braille ready for...

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Math and Science

20 Best Science Projects for Kids of all Abilities

All kids no matter their abilities or disabilities are curious and natural science learners!

young girl wearing a pink mask

Education, Special Needs

Returning to School 2021-2022: Concerns for Parents of Children with Special Needs and Medical Complexities

Virtual vs hybrid vs in-person learning? How to make the best back-to-school decisions for your special needs child.

boy sitting at table with an iPad

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Successful iPad Apps for Children with CVI

A collection of successful iPad apps for kids diagnosed with CVI as recommended by a TVI and CVI specialist.

Collection of math toys

Math and Science, Toys

The Best Accessible Toys for Teaching Basic Math Concepts to Kids who are Visually Impaired

Our favorite accessible math and number toys for teaching numbers, counting and one-to-one correspondence to blind and visually impaired children!

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Education, Special Needs

How Statewide School Testing Discriminates Against Special Needs Students

Is it always appropriate to test students, even those with severe disabilities? And can standardized tests be considered discriminatory, even when alternative testing options are offered to special needs students?

young girl listening to the Ballyland coding app, with a tactile game grid at hand

iPad Apps and Accessibility

How access to an ipad can change a blind child’s life

For children who are blind or visually impaired, iPads represent multi-purpose, portable Assistive Technology devices that can replace expensive AT devices.

ABCmouse homepage

Education

ABCmouse: A Unique Learning Experience

A fun, engaging and customizable learning platform for kids as young as toddlers through to the second grade.

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Assistive Technology, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Feelif: The Accessible Tactile Tablet for Kids who are Visually Impaired

Feelif is a tactile tablet that is able to combine native features of the Samsung tablet, like vibrations and the built-in screenreader, with a tactile surface to create a whole...

Leapfrog alphabet device with braille letter pieces

Braille and Literacy

brailleBOT

AlphaBraille created a fun toy that helps children with visual impairment learn the Braille alphabet. 26 puzzle pieces can be inserted into the device and the device plays the matching...

Rebecca playing with play-doh

Braille and Literacy, Toys

How I will change the world for my deafblind daughter, one toy at a time

One father's journey to imagine, create and even distribute accessible educational toys for children who are visually impaired

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Braille and Literacy

20 Apple Themed Books For Kids Who Are Blind

We've gathered 20 books about apples that kids are sure to enjoy this Fall season with links to formats in braille, audio and large print.

Braille and Literacy

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

Learn how you or your child can enter the first annual NBP Braille Poetry Contest. The deadline for entries is October 31, 2017.

Madilyn is happily reading braille and using her LeapFrog reader

Braille and Literacy

The #1 Way to Skyrocket Your Child’s Success in Braille

Are you missing out on the #1 most important thing your child needs to learn braille and be a successful braille reader well into their future?

Braille and Literacy

Snizzly Snouts: A Unique Print/Braille Book

An exceptional inclusive print/braille book for sighted and blind kids to read with their ears, to look at with their fingers, to feel with their eyes.

Blind girl reading in braille

Braille and Literacy, Education

3 Tips for Teaching Young Children with a Visual Impairment How to Become Strong Readers

Here are 3 tips to get your child off to a great start with their braille reading skills. Learn how you can help them become strong readers!

EDA PLAY ELIS

iPad Apps and Accessibility

EDA PLAY ELIS App Review

EDA PLAY ELIS is an iPad app designed for young children who have low vision or CVI and who are learning how to use their vision.

stacking blocks

Education, Special Needs

Thoughts from a Preschool Teacher About Teaching a Blind Student

Heidi interviews her son's mainstream preschool teacher and asks her how she prepared to introduce a blind student to her classroom.

Ivan playing on his iPad

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Special Needs

5 Ways to Get a Free iPad for Your Special Needs Child!

Just because iPads are cheaper than other pieces of assistive equipment doesn't necessarily make them affordable! Here are five tips on how to get grants and funding for a free...

Transitioning your blind child to preschool

Education, Special Needs

Transitioning Your Blind Child to Preschool

Megan writes about her daughter, Ava, transitioning from Early Intervention to preschool. Ava attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and has isolated bilateral anophthalmia.

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Braille and Literacy

Sign Up for Free Braille Books Every Year from Seedlings

The Seedlings Book Angel Program shares books in braille with visually impaired children in the United States and Canada. Each child receives their choice of three free books when they...

Aly with Lightaide

Assistive Technology, Eye Conditions and Syndromes, iPad Apps and Accessibility

The “Big 3 Tool Kit” for Children with CVI: PLUS the 20 Best CVI-Friendly iPad Apps!

Children with CVI often prefer clear, crisp images with little background clutter. They respond well to high contrast, bright colors (especially yellow or red), movement and LIGHTS!

iPad Accessibility Menu Screenshot Updated for iOS9

iPad Apps and Accessibility

Top 10 iPad & iOS9 Accessibility Features

Apple's iPad is supposed to be very accessible for kids with special needs, but you might need help setting it up so your child can use it properly.