Resources for Raising Blind/VI Children

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!

CRBF CEO, Kristin Smedley, recently published a groundbreaking, #1 Best Selling book on Amazon.com called Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight. The book gives real life stories of people that are achieving their dreams regardless of vision loss. It is an inspirational and educational read to bring hope and resources to families living with vision loss. Order Thriving Blind HERE. Also, watch Kristin’s TEDx talk about changing perceptions of blindness and her journey to raising her CRB1 LCA children to thrive HERE.

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
https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-94422_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.org

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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