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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Parenting, Special Needs

Creating Lasting Memories with your Visually Impaired Child

We've got some great creative ways to make lasting memories to share with your child as they grow. These ideas are great for parents of blind children.

Mia Moda Stroller

Product Reviews, Special Needs

I Need an Affordable Stroller for my Special Needs Child!

It can be difficult to find a good stroller for your child when they have special needs. If your insurance company is refusing to help you buy a stroller then...

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Parenting, Special Needs

Bullying: A Parent’s Perspective on Raising a Blind Child

Are you worried your blind child may have trouble fitting in with their sighted peers? We'll give you some advice to help you keep your kid bully free!

Ivan with his parents in 2006

Parenting, Support

Raising a Blind Child

Here you'll find a step-by-step resource guide with the most pertinent articles and resources for parents of blind or disabled babies.

Lollipop Kids Foundation

Special Needs

Lollipop Kids Foundation for Kids with Disabilities

Lollipop Kids is a foundation based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to fighting the stigma and isolation of families with disabled children. Lollipop programs include respite care, sibling support,...

Dictionary for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Special Needs

Dictionary for Parents of Children with Disabilities

So many terms used in the world of disabilities have precise medical (and often legal) definitions. To help you sort it all out, we share this dictionary for parents of...

Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out

Parenting, Special Needs

Letting Your Blind Child’s Wild Side Out

Milagro is an active growing five year-old who is also visually impaired. Her self-confidence and adventurous spirit is no accident. Her mother Graciela believes in letting a child's wild side...

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Special Needs

Blindskills, Inc.

Blindskills' mission is the dissemination of information to blind and visually impaired people and their families through DIALOGUE Magazine, a toll-free help line, a monthly local support group open to...

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Schools for the Blind

Louisiana Center for the Blind

The Louisiana Center for the Blind provides residential orientation and adjustment training to legally blind adults. Students remain in training generally from six to nine months depending upon individual needs.

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Support

Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC)

Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) is a large support network for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired.

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Assistive Technology

Perkins Assistive Technology Store

Perkins Assistive Technology Store has expanded its focus to include a broad spectrum of high- and low-tech devices for individuals who are blind.

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Schools for the Blind

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision's mission is to enhance employment and independent living individuals who are blind.

Chad and mom

Support

Chad’s Story: How a Mom & Her Son are Using their Experience to Help Others

Marsha Peterson writes about her son, Chad, and how she helped him learn to communicate. Chad was born with Down syndrome, diagnosed with autism, is hard of hearing, and near...

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Parenting, Special Needs

Swimming with a Child Who is Visually Impaired

Has your child ever done something so amazing that you felt like you were about to pop with pride? Mary tells the story of how her daughter learned to swim,...

Ivan Brailling

Special Needs

Let’s Work Together: 8 Tips for Working with a Child Who is Blind

We'll show you how to help therapists and doctors better adapt to working with your blind or visually impaired child.

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Schools for the Blind

Council of Schools for the Blind

The Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) is a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to...

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Support

Get a Wiggle On & Move It!!!

We'll review the two books Get a Wiggle On & Move It!!! and let you know what's worthwhile about them and what's not.

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Support

Wave at the Blind Lady!

Read this heartwarming story to learn how to help your blind child interact with a sighted world and help the sighted world interact with your blind child.

Ivan in his dad's hat

Advocacy, Special Needs

What Will I Be When I Grow Up? Career Choices for People who are Blind

Are you worried that your blind baby won't grow up to be independent and successful? We'll show you careers your blind child can look forward to.

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

Development, Special Needs

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

We'll review the book Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment and explain why it's a must read for parents of young blind children and blind babies.

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Parenting, Special Needs

Yes You Can! How to encourage your blind child without pushing too hard

Have you ever thought about all the things your child *can't* do because of their disability? It can be depressing, but one way to get over that is to figure...

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Special Needs

Memories of Growing Up Blind

Read Alysia's story about growing up blind and vacationing with her family at a beautiful lake.

Ivan on a plane

Special Needs

Our Trip to Cleveland: Looking for a Diagnosis

I tell the story of our trip to Cleveland where we visited the Cleveland Sight Center. Ivan had an ERG and was diagnosed with LCA. We also attended the LCA...