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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Sorting Through the Grieving Process After Receiving a Special Needs Diagnosis

Mary McDonach explains that learning of a child's disability can cause a parent to experience a grief reaction bringing on the standard and familiar stages of grief. She helps you...

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Development, Visual Impairment

In, On, and Under: Teaching Children who are Blind About Location

Basic prepositional concepts like in, on, under, behind, etc. can be very difficult for blind children to master. We'll share our ideas to help you teach these concepts.

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Visual Impairment

Thoughts on Growing Up Blind

Read about how June, who was born blind, was brought up by her grandmother and where she finds herself now.

Ivan when he was a toddler talking on the phone

Support, Visual Impairment

Telephone Support Group for Parents of Visually Impaired Children

If you're the parent of a blind child you probably have lots of questions or maybe just need to talk to someone who understands. Learn about telephone support groups organized...

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Schools for the Blind

Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

NCECBVI believes communication is the key to effectiveness when it comes to the education of children with vision issues. Located in Nebraska City, they serve children from preschool to high...

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Can I get an eye transplant for my blind child?

Sarah J. Blake discusses the use of the term "transplant" in speaking about eyes. She explains what is and is not possible and provides some clear explanation of how corneas...

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Play, Special Needs

Free Access to National Parks for Visitors with Disabilities

National Park Service free Access Passes are accepted at all NPS parks and refuges, and cover some fees in the national forests as well. The filing fee for the Access...

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Music Play, Visual Impairment

Are Blind Kids More Musically Inclined?

Adam Ockelford, Professor of Music, Roehampton University announced a study in 2010 that would focus on the relationship between musicality and retinopathy ofprematurity (ROP). This study follows up his similar...

Ivan and dad with Ivan's gait trainer

Assistive Technology, Special Needs, Support

Pass it On: Free Medical Equipment and Assistive Technology

Pass it On recycles used but useable medical equipment and provides it to disabled children in Massachusetts.

Schools for the Blind

Clovernook Center for Blind and Visually Impaired

Clovernook provides comprehensive program services including training and support for independent living, orientation and mobility instruction, vocational training, job placement, counseling, recreation, and youth services.

Support, Visual Impairment

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by blindness.


Schools for the Blind

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (MSAB), located in Faribault, is dedicated to helping students who are blind and visually impaired in Minnesota to reach their full potential, through residential...

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Schools for the Blind

New York State School for the Blind

New York State School for the Blind's mission is to provide a learning environment that encourages blind children to reach their full potential.

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Parenting Special Needs Online Magazine

The Parenting Special Needs Online Magazine explores the changing face of parenting a special needs child. Continually seeking change for the better with new and helpful information that is “simplified”...

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Visual Impairment

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

In the United Kingdom, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the leading information and support organization for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.


Visual Impairment

Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER)

The purpose of the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER) is to render all possible assistance to the promotion, development, and improvement of...

Washington State School for the Blind

Schools for the Blind

Washington State School for the Blind

Washington State School for the Blind serves children from birth to age 21 in Washington State.

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Schools for the Blind

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind educate students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and low vision.

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Visual Impairment

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.

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Toys, Visual Impairment

Toy Ideas for Blind Kids & Babies

We review a range of toys from plush to active, including action toys and music makers. The Spa Baby tub is also highlighted -- great for snug support and upright...

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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...

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

What’s genetic testing for LCA?

If you are considering genetic testing to determine the gene causing your child's LCA, you probably have lots of questions about the test as well as the results. We'll try...

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Visual Impairment

Teaching Your Blind Child About Sexuality

How can you teach your blind child about sex? Pictures and descriptions aren't going to be enough. Learn how to teach about gender difference, right and wrong touch, and other...

lonely boy on a playground

Behavior, Visual Impairment

I Feel for You: How to Teach Your Blind Child About Empathy & Social Interaction

Mary McDonach takes on the difficult topic of empathy by breaking down its components and identifying how a blind child's experiences affects their ability to understand walking in another person's...