Resources for raising blind/VI children

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As many parents know, raising a blind or visually impaired child can be quite a challenge! Luckily, there are several great resources available to help! Below is a list of resources families at the CRBF have found to be useful. If you have a great resource that is not listed here, please send an email to curingretinalblindness@gmail.com so we can add it to the list!

 

Early Childhood:

WonderBaby
http://www.wonderbaby.org/  WonderBaby is a great resource for parents of younger children.

Sensory Fun
http://www.sensoryfun.com/   Great for parents of children with sensory processing issues.

Blind Babies Foundation
http://blindbabies.org/

 

Elementary School Age:

Sensory Sun Educational Technologies

http://www.sensorysun.org/ Sensory Sun is dedicated to helping children with all levels of vision to play, learn, and enjoy time together.

California School for the Blind
http://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/

California Deaf-Blind Services
http://www.cadbs.org/

 

High School Age:

Michigan Commission for the Blind
http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_28313—,00.html

California School for the Blind
http://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/

California Deaf-Blind Services
http://www.cadbs.org/

 

Blindness Organizations

Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
2470 El Camino Real, Suite 107
Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-858-0202
www.vistacenter.org  (videos on how to teach self-help skills)

American Printing House for the Blind
http://www.aph.org

AFB American Foundation for the Blind
www.afb.org

Family Connect
www.familyconnect.com

 

Blindness Consumer Organizations

American Counsel of the Blind
http://acb.org

National Federation of the Blind
http://www.nfb.org/

 

Professional Organizations

Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals
http://www.acvrep.org

California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired
http://ctebvi.org

Council for Exceptional Children
http://www.cec.sped.org

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
http://www.aerbvi.org

 

Assistive Technology

NVDA 2012 free screenreader
http://www.nvda-project.org/

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