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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Behavior, Visual Impairment

Plays Well with Others: Helping Your Blind Child Develop Social Skills

Sometimes children with vision impairments can find it difficult to be around other children. If your child has this problem, then you know how hard it can be when your...

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Communication, Visual Impairment

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.

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An open letter to protestors from a special needs mom

I support your right to have your voice heard, but I have one request: Please keep your protest on the sidewalk.

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Light Play, Toys, Visual Impairment

Top 10 Light Toys for Kids Who Are Visually Impaired

It may seem like $10 won't get you much these days, but here you'll find the best inexpensive light toys for kids who are visually impaired!

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Parenting, Visual Impairment

My baby is blind… What do I do?

When your baby is diagnosed with a visual impairment you may at first feel lost. What do you do? Where do you begin?

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Education, Visual Impairment

Diagnostic Evaluations help guide educational plans for blind students

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

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Please Don’t Feel Sorry for Me or My Special Needs Child

I don't want my friends or family to feel sorry for me or for my child. I'm not saying this in a tough "I can handle this so you don't...

8 misconceptions about CVI

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Top 8 Misconceptions about Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Do you know the facts of Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)? Here are 8 myths you may have heard that just aren't true!

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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Visual Impairment

Visiting a Tactile Museum with Your Blind Child

Tactile museums are designed for visitors to touch each exhibit and experience the art and history through their fingers.

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The one thing I haven’t learned as a special needs parent

A lot of people write about what they've learned as a special needs parent, but there's one thing I still haven't learned yet.

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Assistive Technology, Visual Impairment

Is Google Planing to Cure Blindness?

With recent patent filings and new applications for Google Glass, it does look like Google is interested in getting into the vision business.

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Visual Impairment

Can Someone Who is Blind Be a Parent?

The Parenting with Vision Loss series from VisionAware provides helpful tips and advice from a genuine expert.

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Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

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.

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Education, Visual Impairment

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...

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Assistive Technology, Visual Impairment

NFB and Amazon Work Together for Improved Kindle Accessibility

NFB joins forces with Amazon to improve Kindle accessibility for blind students

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Assistive Technology

Get a computer for your blind child!

Computers for the Blind provides computer equipment for families of children who are blind.

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Assistive Technology

FCC Proposes Increased Audio Description Access

The FCC seeks comments on the rules proposed to increase access to audio description for blind viewers.

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Math and Science, Visual Impairment

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!

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Visual Impairment

Sensory Sun Resources for Kids Who are Visually Impaired

Sensory Sun Educational Technologies is a website that shares information about raising and teaching children with visual impairments.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

ID YOUR IRD Offers Free Genetic Testing for Families with Inherited Retinal Diseases

Spark Therapeutics launches ID YOUR IRD genetic testing info site offering free genetic testing for people with inherited retinal diseases.

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An Open Letter to the Mom Who Just Wants to Help

Remember that you're my friend, not my therapist.

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Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

Fall Sensory Art Projects for Visually Impaired Kids

Choose from five wonderfully crafty art projects adapted for blind children that celebrate fall! Make prints and wreaths with apples and leaves, create your own tree, or decorate pumpkins!