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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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.

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Assistive Technology, Visual Impairment

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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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH): A Mother’s Perspective

LeAndra Lee writes about her daughter, Abigail, who is diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypopalsia and Septo Optic Dysplasia. LeAndra explains what ONH is and how it affects Abigail.

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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...

Perkins School for the Blind

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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Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

Gardening with a Blind Child

Gardening is a very hands-on endeavor and children with visual impairments need the opportunity to get their hands into as many different real-world activities as possible, so how about starting...

Q & A

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Ask the TVI about Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia, Part 2

TVI Lisa LaDue answers readers' questions about O&M and TVI services and whether or not a visually impaired student should automatically be sat at the front of the classroom.

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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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Toys, Visual Impairment

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Wikki Stix are an easy way to create tactile graphics, assist with O & M training, map concepts, music lessons, daily living skills and much more. Since they adhere to...

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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.