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

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

Visual Impairment

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, Support

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

Advocacy, Visual Impairment

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...

Riding a tandem bike

Play, Special Needs

Recreational Resources for Children with Special Needs in Massachusetts & New England

A comprehensive list of organizations and programs providing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs in New England.

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Visual Impairment

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, Visual Impairment

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.

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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...

Ivan playing guitar

Music Play, Visual Impairment

Music as Motivator for our Visually Impaired Kids

Music can be a great way to stimulate a visually impaired baby, but where do you begin? We'll give you some practical ways to incorporate music into your baby's day.

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Visual Impairment

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,...


Toys, Visual Impairment

The Bilibo: A Great Toy for Visually Impaired Kids

Find out about Ivan's new favorite toy - the Bilibo - and why it's so great!

Ivan Brailling

Visual Impairment

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.


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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Tactile Art, Visual Impairment

Sensory Art for Children who are Visually Impaired

There's much more to art than the visual! Learn how easy it can be to get your blind or visually impaired kids involved in tactile art projects.

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Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

Sensory Games for Kids who are Blind

It can be more difficult for blind or disabled children to learn about the world and use their senses effeciently. Here are some games you can play to help them...

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Raising a Blind Child with Albinism

Read Mary's story about the birth of her daughter and the struggles and pride she feels raising a child who is visually impaired.

Ivan playing on his computer

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Visual Impairment

The Best Accessible Computer Games for Blind Kids

We'll show you the best places to find accessible video games for blind children - and some of them are free!

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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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Visual Impairment

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, Visual Impairment

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.