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.com/ 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/

The Little Rock Foundation
www.tlrf.org
LRFB is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.  The foundation is run completely by loving, caring volunteers who tirelessly give their time, talents and resources to help children who are blind or visually impaired.

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/

Junior Blind of America
http://www.juniorblind.org/site/junior-blind-youth-services-expand-to-central-and-northern-california-perspectives

College Age

Junior Blind of America
http://www.juniorblind.org/site/junior-blind-youth-services-expand-to-central-and-northern-california-perspectives

Transition into the Work Field

Junior Blind of America
http://www.juniorblind.org/site/junior-blind-youth-services-expand-to-central-and-northern-california-perspectives

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/nfb/default.asp

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/

NVDA 2012 User Guide
http://www.nvda-project.org/documentation/userGuide.html#toc5

Resources on Blindness

Resource Guide
http://www.smart-glasses.org/blind-resource-guide/