Resources For Parents

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Blind Children Resource Center

The Blind Children’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas. Each year the Center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 350 family members. Our goal is to optimize each child’s development and opportunities to lead a meaningful life through a comprehensive program beginning with early intervention, followed by an educational curriculum specifically adapted to the needs of each student.

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Visually impaired pre-school services

Offering appropriate services to the families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visually impaired or blind; to maximize each child’s development potential through direct services, advocacy, and community education.

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Songs for teaching

Use music to stimulate your child who is blind with this great site that offers free lyrics and downloads of your favorite educational songs.  Songs are categorized by subject and CD’s are available for purchase.

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The Simple Dollar Article

How to Plan (& Provide) for a Child with Special Needs

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Seedlings

Braille books for children.

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American Action Fund for blind children and adults

 A service agency which specializes in providing help to people who are blind which is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems.

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Center for online education

In 2009, approximately 3% of higher education students reported having some kind of visual impairment, and 90% of four-year, public colleges had resources to help students with disabilities obtain academic success. As of the 2011-12 academic year, 11% of all undergraduates nationwide had some type of disability.

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Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI)

The vision of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is to provide a quality comprehensive education and serve as a statewide resource to students in Illinois with visual impairments assisting them in becoming personally productive and self-sufficient citizens.

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Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

When parents first learn their child is blind or has a visual impairment, they face an emotional impact and may have a difficult time trying to cope with the diagnosis. Families will typically search for support and resources to learn more about the specific diagnosis and also seek to learn how to help their child learn and provide the best support and resources for their child. 

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Blind Service Association

Welcome to the website of Blind Service Association, one of the Chicago area’s most experienced and established volunteer–based organizations helping to improve the lives of people living with visual impairments.


There's a big difference between losing your sight and losing your vision.

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Friedman Place

The mission of Friedman Place is to provide housing and supportive services to adults who are blind or visually impaired.

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Blind & Vision Impaired Support Network

The purpose of the group is to provide facebook users who are blind or vision impaired a place to find support, and answers to questions they might have. While we may be able to provide advice on most topics, we ask that for any medical issues you speak to a professional in the healthcare industry. The rules can be found in the pinned post at the top of the group. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the friendly admin team. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The American Council of the Blind

was founded in 1961 but many of its affiliates and chapters can be traced to the 1880s. ACB has been at the forefront of policies that have shaped opportunities for people with disabilities. ACB also collaborates with Vision Rehabilitation Service providers to develop the principles and values at the heart of providing accommodations and placement services to people who are blind.

NewView Oklahoma, Inc.

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit empowering blind and visually impaired people to achieve their maximum potential through rehabilitation, employment, and community outreach. They pursue this mission through two comprehensive low vision clinics, providing one-of-a-kind vision rehabilitation services for those living with vision loss.

OUB Summer Camps

are all about fun and education. Children learn new skills in a supportive, encouraging environment that will help them become more independent, and have fun doing traditional camp activities, such as cooking over a campfire, swimming and playing all sorts of games!

NFB BELL Academy

NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy prepares visually impaired children to grow into confident, independent people who can live as they want. They provide Braille and life skills instruction through hands-on learning in day program and residential settings. Children learn independent living skills, interact with visually impaired adult mentors, and learn that visual impairments need not define their future. 

Children's Center For The Visually Impaired

Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind opened in 1952 as an educational facility addressing the needs of infants and children with visual impairments. In 1982, it became known as the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.

Family Connect

is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

Independence Science

founded by Dr Cary Supalo, a chemist who is blind, provides information to educators who are teaching science to students who are blind or visually impaired. IS offers specialized products, a resource program, and an access blog. Its most notable product is the Talking LabQuest, an adapted version of the Vernier LabQuest, equipped with speech capability.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

creates personalized learning opportunities that empower people to thrive at home, at work, and within their communities.

The Chicago Lighthouse

is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities with comprehensive vision care and support services.

Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Imparments

provides support, information, and service to parents of children with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. The group promotes communication between members and encourages networking between families and friends. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Helen Keller

WonderBaby

is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you’ll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.

Foundation Fighting Blindness

was established by a passionate group of families driven to find treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases affecting their loved ones. At that time, little was known about these retinal degenerative diseases, little research was being done, and there were no clinical trials for potential treatments.

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