Development

Learn how to support your baby as they grow and develop through milestones, including gross motor and fine motor development as well as communication skills.

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Ivan playing with his toy

Development, Special Needs

Development Charts for Blind & Visually Impaired Babies & Children

Blind children are known to have delayed development is several key areas, such as fine motor skills and cognitive development. We provide age-range development charts with with visual impairment in...

hands holding a colorful heart shaped puzzle

Behavior, Development

Is My Blind Child Autistic? One Parent’s Experience

Parents who are trying to determine whether their child's behaviors are related to their visual impairment, or a symptom of autism, benefit from Mary's story about learning to identify her...

Ivan talking

Communication, Special Needs

You Can Say That Again! Echolalia in Visually Impaired Children

Learn why children who are visually impaired repeat back what they hear, and how parents can help minimize repetition in a constructive way.

A group of four yellow labs

Orientation and Mobility

Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women

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.

a little girl in her assistive rolling chairs for kids

Orientation and Mobility

ZipZac Mobility Chairs

The ZipZac 1 & 2® are great mobility chairs for kids who need assistance. The chair was originally developed for a young boy with spina bifida who could move his...

blind student walking at school

Orientation and Mobility

Hand Use While Walking: Helping Your Child Who is Blind Understand His Home

Certified Orientation and Mobility instructor Susan Shier Lowry gives tips on how to encourage young blind children to reach out and touch while walking through familiar environments. Trailing techniques are...

Reach Out and Teach

Development

Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow

The empowering guide that teaches parents how to promote the development of young children with visual and multiple impairments.

Eric using an anticipator

Orientation and Mobility

Anticipators for Young Children with Visual Impairments: Push Toys, Pre-Canes and Long Canes

Early Orientation and Mobility skills for blind children can be taught with pre-canes or push toys. Learn how to choose the best tools and when to introduce them.

A young woman with red hair hugging her guide dog, a yellow lab

Development

Looking Good and Feeling Good When You’re Visually Impaired

Fashion blogger Emily Davison discusses teaching kids with visual impairment about appearance, self-esteem and social acceptance.

DIY stay put play spaces

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Hold Everything: “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Young Children with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs

This guide provides you with DIY Stay-Put play spaces for infants and developmentally young children with sensory impairments and other special needs.

Ivan washing his hands in the sink

Development

8 Tips for Surviving Toilet Training in Public Bathrooms with Your Blind Child

Toilet training a child with special needs is difficult enough... have you tackled public bathrooms yet?

A girl comparing two bags

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Tactile Comparing Bag

Are you looking for ways for your blind child or student to experience tactual exploration in a safe, confined space? Then let me show you how to make your own...

Smart Cane recongizing owner's faces

Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility

Smart Cane Recognizes Faces

The XploR cane uses smartphone technology to send vibrations to the user when it detects a familiar face.

EazyHold grip strap used with children to hold toys, cups and utensils

Feeding and Eating, Fine and Gross Motor

EazyHold Grip Assist Strap

EazyHold is a simple but innovative grip assist strap that easily attaches to tools, toys, utensils and more! It enables children and adults with limited or no grip strength to...

Example of the Headpod being used

Fine and Gross Motor

Headpod keeps your head up!

Headpod keeps your head up! Revolutionary dynamic patented head support system for inadequate head control due to hypotonia of the neck muscles.

Ivan swimming

Fine and Gross Motor, Play

Making Swim Lessons Accessible for Blind Children

Find tips on how to make a swimming lesson accessible for kids who are blind or have other disabilities. Great ideas for parents or swim instructors!

Daniel Kish in a collared shirt holding a cane against a blue background

Orientation and Mobility

Learning to Navigate through Echolocation

Daniel Kish demonstrates his controversial echolocation technique that allows those who are blind to navigate using sonar in this TedX talk.

ProxTalker

Communication

The ProxTalker Communication Board with Real Objects

The ProxTalker is a communications device that gives nonverbal kids a voice. Tags can be customized for your child's specific situation, and added and revised as necessary.

how uni works

Communication

Sign to Speech to Text – The Next Big Thing for the Deaf Community

New technology translates sign language to speech and speech into text, making communication between those who sign and those who don't much more seamless.

Perkins Playspace

Development, Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Play Space for Your Blind Baby!

Blind babies may need help learning how to interact with and be actively involved in their environment. You can build your own active learning play space so your baby can...

Red Lechal shoe

Orientation and Mobility

These Shoes Were Made for…Giving Directions?

Ducere Tech, an Indian start-up, has created new technology whereby your shoes can tell you which direction to take by connecting wirelessly with your GPS nav system. This could be...

Ivan at the grocery store

Orientation and Mobility

Community Trips for Little Explorers: Teaching your child who is blind about the community

Children with visual impairment learn by having direct, hands-on experiences with objects and events, including those in their community. These experiences can build important concepts that will prepare your child...

child speaking with an iPhone

Communication, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Talkitt® Makes Unintelligible Speech Understandable

Talkitt translates unintelligible speech from any language into understandable speech through smart phones, tablets or computers. Works for people with speech disorders or diseases or syndromes that affect speech.