Education

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

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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.

girl reading braille

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.

girl with low vision writing with a crayon

Education, Special Needs

Diagnostic Evaluations help guide educational plans for blind students

Perkins School offers diagnostic evaluations for blind and visually impaired children ages 3-22.

Our 20 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids with CVI

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Our 20 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids with CVI

The iPad is very interactive and easily tailored to suit the needs of kids with CVI, if you have the right apps. Here are our favorites!

Tommy with his brailler

Education, Special Needs

Funding Accessible Learning Tools in 4 Easy Steps

The problem isn't that you need to find the perfect learning tool for your child... the problem is finding a way to afford the perfect learning tool for your child!

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IEPs

5 Tips for a Stress-Free IEP Transition

IEPs can be daunting, especially that first one when your child is turning three. Check out these tips to help keep yourself calm and on track!

Braille alphabet tub

Braille and Literacy

Make Your Own Braille Alphabet Tubs

Make your own braille alphabet tubs using print/braille blocks and tactile items from around your home.

boy on a school bus

Adoption, Education

Transitioning an Adopted Child to School

Ellen writes about adopting her visually impaired son, Edy, and how they focused on helping him acclimate to his new home and family while also thinking about how they would...

boy using a slate and stylus

Braille and Literacy

Do Blind Kids Still Need to Learn Braille?

From screen readers like JAWS on your computer or VoiceOver on your iPhone to audio books and MP3s, there are multiple ways to listen to words rather than read them,...

young boy smiling at school

Education, Special Needs

When our school gave up on my special needs son

Are you a parent of a special needs child whose school isn't working hard enough to help him reach his goals? A message to you: Never give up.

mom and baby

Education

Is Early Intervention Always the Best Approach for a Blind Baby?

Anastasia writes about her daughter Lydia, who has anophthalmia. Lydia is still a baby and Anastasia has decided that Early Intervention services are not helping Lydia develop so she's opting...

holiday book title covers

Braille and Literacy, Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Winter Holidays Braille Book List

Find out where you can access your favorite holiday books including the classics in accessible braille and audio formats for children who are blind.

Braille Stickers for iOS Messaging

Braille and Literacy, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Braille Stickers for iOS Messaging

Check out these Braille Stickers for iOS Messaging available for download through Sensory Sun.

tactile caliper measuring a AA battery

Math and Science

Tactile Caliper Provides Braille Output for Blind Users

The Tactile Caliper puts measuring to the 1/16" in the hands of blind users with braille output!

braille-bee-app-review

Braille and Literacy, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Braille Bee Spelling App Review

Braille Bee is a spelling app for kids who are blind including games for learning how to spell words in uncontracted and UEB contracted braille. Enter to win a free...

young girl with painted hands

Education, Special Needs

11 Things to Look for When Choosing a Special Needs Preschool

If you're in the market for a preschool program for your special needs child, you may be wondering what to look for, what questions to ask the teachers, and how...

Adapting Signs app icon and menu

Communication, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Adapting Signs App for Children with Vision Impairment

This app gives tips on how to adapt signs for blind children including videos and written information. It also allows you to create your own dictionary of signs.