Special Needs

Find support for parents of children with special needs. Learn how to advocate for your child, raise funds for needed equipment and find helpful organizations.

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Assistive Technology

Here Comes the Future… and it’s in Three Dimensions!

Mary McDonach writes about how her daughter, Elizabeth, who has albinism and very low vision, was able to watch (and see!) a 3D film in the movie theater! They were...

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Special Needs

The Vision of Children Foundation

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.

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Assistive Technology

EyeMusic: Seeing with Sound

EyeMusic is a sensory substitution device that turns visual data into music so that blind users can hear what's around them. Users of EyeMusic wear glasses with a small video...

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Support

A Message for Parents of Special Needs Kids: Don’t Worry, Everything Will be OK

A new study shows that parents of children with disabilities learn to adjust over time and show little difference in well being, both physically and emotionally, from parents of typically...

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Schools for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, with and without additional disabilities.

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Schools for the Blind

The New York Institute for Special Education

The New York Institute for Special Education serves 300 children with visual, learning and developmental disabilities.

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Schools for the Blind

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

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...

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Schools for the Blind

California School for the Blind

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...

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Schools for the Blind

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) was established for the purpose of providing comprehensive educational services for children, birth to age 21, who are blind/low vision...

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Schools for the Blind

Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill

Oak Hill helps people with disabilities experience rich, fulfilling lives in communities throughout Connecticut.

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Schools for the Blind

Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind

FSDB prepares blind students to become literate, productive citizens who contribute back to their communities.

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Schools for the Blind

Kentucky School for the Blind

Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) provides a quality education to all students in Kentucky who are blind or visually impaired. It is based in Louisville.

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Schools for the Blind

Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

Located in Baton Rouge, this school’s mission is to provide quality educational programs, prepare students for the future, foster a challenging and rewarding workplace, and provide statewide support services to...

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Schools for the Blind

Maryland School for the Blind

Around since 1853, this private school serves children from infancy to age 21 who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

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Schools for the Blind

Mississippi School for the Blind

Located in Jackson, the Mississippi School for the Blind serves students from kindergarten to graduation. They educate students who are blind, with or without additional disabilities.

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Special Needs

National Eye Institute

The National Eye Institute has primary responsibility within the National Institutes of Health for supporting and conducting research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases.

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Schools for the Blind

Arizona School for the Blind

The Arizona School for the Blind (ASB) is accredited by AdvancED and provides quality educational services to students from pre-school through high school.

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Schools for the Blind

Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

The Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired offers statewide quality educational programs and resources to students who are blind or visually impaired, birth through twenty-one

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Education, Special Needs

Thoughts from a Kindergarten Teacher About Welcoming a Blind Student to Class

Michelle interviews her son's mainstream kindergarten teacher and asks her how she prepared her classroom for a blind student. She also asks her if she has any advice for other...

Education, Special Needs

Reaching the Disabled Child in the Mainstream Classroom

What happens when a child with a disability is in a mainstream classroom? How can teachers accommodate their students with special needs? Lesley Potgieter describes her own experiences as both...

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Schools for the Blind

The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) offers a continuum of services to children throughout New Mexico.

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Schools for the Blind

Montana School for the Deaf & Blind

Montana School for the Deaf & Blind (MSDB) offers core education for day and residential students who are blind, deaf, deafblind, with or without additional disabilities.

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Schools for the Blind

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind strives to be a statewide leader in services to the blind or visually impaired.

Schools for the Blind

The Ohio State School for the Blind

A publicly funded educational facility, the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) dates back to 1837. It serves students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities, and is...