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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Support

Special Needs Travel Mom

The Special Needs Travel Mom writes about her travels with her entire family, including her daughter with special needs. Her daughter is blind, non-verbal, uses a wheelchair for mobility, and...

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Schools for the Blind

Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves children and young adults statewide who are blind or visually impaired, with or without additional disabilities.

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Special Needs

The Journey to Independence for My Blind Son

Sue Rawley gives advice on helping your blind child grow up to be as independent as possible. Her son Aaron is about to graduate high school and move on to...

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Education, Special Needs

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents

This resource guide is intended to bridge the gap between school and home and help families become greater partners in their children's educations.

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Parenting, Special Needs

How to Stay Organized when Raising a Special Needs Child

If you're the parent of a child with medical complexities you're probably feeling pretty stressed. Catherine gives you advice on how to keep your medical records organized so you can...

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Assistive Technology

Audio Description for Blind Viewers

Video description for blind children: What is it? Where can I find it? What are the benefits?

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Advocacy

Learning to Forge my Own Identity while Living with Cerebral Palsy

Lesley Potgieter writes about how it can be difficult to live up to mainstream standards as a person with disabilities. She encourages parents to help their children create their own...

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Assistive Technology

Carroll Tech Online Assistive Technology Courses

The Carroll Center offers training and educational support for children and adults who are blind in Massachusetts, but did you know that they also offer some very informative online training...

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Education, Special Needs

APH Quota Funds: How to Access Free Educational Materials for Blind & Deafblind Students

Students who are blind or deafblind are eligible for free school supplies and equipment that will help them access school curriculum. Find out how to use these funds!

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Parenting, Special Needs

Growing up with a special needs sister

Shannon Gardner writes about her son, Kekoa, and his relationship with his younger sister Oliana, who is blind. She writes about how it can be difficult to have a disabled...

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Special Needs

Thomas Marshall Does It All

Thomas is visually impaired and Jessica writes about the trials and successes of raising a little boy who is blind, while always focusing on the positive.

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Education, Special Needs

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

This is a web resource designed for all teachers and related service personnel who are involved in educating students with visual impairments, but it is also full of great resources...

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Education, Special Needs

Helping Your Blind Child Transition to Adult Services

Beth Jordan from Helen Keller National Center's Kansas office shares her insights into preparing for transition to adult services for blind students.

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Assistive Technology

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

The idea behind the National Deafblind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is that people with combined hearing and vision loss should have access to modern telecommunication tools (and the training necessary...

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Schools for the Blind

Oklahoma School for the Blind

Oklahoma School for the Blind (OSB), also known as the Parkview School, offers educational services for blind and visually impaired students from preschool through high school.

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Schools for the Blind

Overbrook School for the Blind

The Overbrook School is located in Philadelphia, and serves the needs of the blind and visually impaired community in Pennsylvania. They have an international as well as a local focus.

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Schools for the Blind

South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind offers separate schools for each disability.

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Schools for the Blind

South Dakota School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

South Dakota School for the Blind & Visually Impaired serves students who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.

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Schools for the Blind

St. Joseph’s School for the Blind

St. Joseph's School for the Blind serves individuals with visual impairments across New Jersey.

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Schools for the Blind

Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI)

VisionCorps operates under the auspices of Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, serving people in Pennsylvania.

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Special Needs

Caroline’s Cart: Shopping with a Special Needs Child

Drew Ann Long has developed an accessible shopping cart designed specifically for larger children and adults with low muscle tone and multiple disabilities.

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Schools for the Blind

Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments & Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf

Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments also has a school for the deaf on its campus.

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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.