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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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!

cartoon of little boy pushing a rock with Move It! text

Support

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.

school bus

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.

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

Development, Visual Impairment

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

We'll review the book Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment and explain why it's a must read for parents of young blind children and blind babies.

mom watching baby crawl

Visual Impairment

Yes You Can! How to encourage your blind child without pushing too hard

Have you ever thought about all the things your child *can't* do because of their disability? It can be depressing, but one way to get over that is to figure...

Tacey

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Tacey’s Story: Surviving Retinoblastoma

Find out how Tacey, a nine-year-old blind cancer survivor, became the first ever Miss Tough Enough To Wear Pink Four States Rodeo Queen.

making cake

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Visual Impairment

Learning in the Kitchen: Helping Your Blind Child Make Their Own Cake

Start a new tradition this year... Get your child in the kitchen and have them help you bake a cake! The smells and tastes are so yummy plus they'll get...

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Visual Impairment

Memories of Growing Up Blind

Read Alysia's story about growing up blind and vacationing with her family at a beautiful lake.

Ivan with his dad in his sensory play area

Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

Make Your Own Sensory Play Area for Your Blind Baby

What if you could design your own play area that would stimulate your blind baby's senses and make them feel safe and willing to explore at the same time?

Special Needs, Visual Impairment

A Miracle Baby: Abigail’s Story

Read the story of Abigail's birth and how her parents reacted to finding out that she was blind.

Ivan on a plane

Special Needs

Our Trip to Cleveland: Looking for a Diagnosis

I tell the story of our trip to Cleveland where we visited the Cleveland Sight Center. Ivan had an ERG and was diagnosed with LCA. We also attended the LCA...

boy reaching for a strawberry

Visual Impairment

Activities of Daily Living: Teaching Blind Children Everyday Organizational & Living Skills

Karen and Jay Stiteley go over common techniques used to manage everyday independent living by people who are blind. From labeling and organizing in the kitchen to ways to manage...

graduates

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

LCA and Education

How smart are patients with LCA? According to one study, they're definitely above the US national average. Here's a break down of the results.

Ivan at the pool

Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

That’s Wet! Teaching your blind child about water and other wet things

Blind children encounter water in different forms all day long and we need to help them understand that while each experience is different they all involve the same concept: Water.

mom looking at baby in crib

Special Needs, Visual Impairment

The Little Princess: Paige’s Story

Read the story of Jade's pregnancy, the birth of her little princess, Paige, and how she reacted to finding out that she was blind.