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

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.

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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...

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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...

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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!

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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...

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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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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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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,...