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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Visual Impairment

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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Advocacy, Visual Impairment

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, Eye Conditions and Syndromes

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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Education, Visual Impairment

Introducing Your Blind Child to a New Teacher

When your child is visually impaired it's kind of scary to hand him off to a new teacher. Here's a solution: Create a welcome packet of materials about your child...

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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.

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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...

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

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...