Family Resources

Having a family member who is blind or visually impaired can affect many areas of family life. Parents and relatives face a variety of challenges when making decisions about education, rehabilitation and other services. Older adults may want information on resources, tools, or ways to learn new skills they need to live independently. These websites for families include information on workshops, services, education, and many other resources.

This page presents an overview of the transition process, information on inclusion, and  links to information on recommended transition practices.

Source: Center for Parent Information & Resources

Travel Guides provides accurate and detailed travel information for persons with disabilities. We are opening doors to persons with hearing, visual, mobility, and cognitive disabilities so they can enjoy all that the world has to offer.

Enrique Elissalde wrote this 23-page biography of Louis Braille, aimed at older children and young adults.

Connecting with national, state, and local organizations, and parent support groups.

Source: FamilyConnect

A mother realizes her own low expectations limit the independence of her daughter with multiple disabilities, and describes how she encourages the child to do more for herself. This is an entry from the listserv sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

This article explores some of the basic questions to consider when setting up a schedule system with your child.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

The mission of VisionAware is to help adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community

Source: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Vision questionnaire forms for the parent interview process.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

This article offers a list of considerations to keep in mind when selecting a preschool program for a child who's blind or visually impaired.

Source: FamilyConnect

Information for parents on types of visual impairments, how children with visual impairments learn, with additional tips and resources

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Your top questions about congenital blindness and visual impairment in children are answered in short easy-to-read sections, with links to resources and organizations for more information. Also available in Spanish.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Jean Bugbee shares her experiences using the Active Learning Approach with her adopted daughter, Renee.

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

This article by a family specialist is written for parents to provide them with expectations and talking points for designing and IEP. This article is also available in Spanish.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This article lists some of the ways in which children with a visual impairment learn about the world around them. Specific suggestions are included on activities to encourage growth and development.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This article by David Wiley and Kate Moss “discusses the importance of building highly motivating instructional elements into daily programming in order to improve the students’ openness to instruction.”

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) 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. We focus on real-life advice and real-life experiences.

Understanding one's diagnosis, eye care specialties, following medical directions, common abbreviations, and more. Also available in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

A non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with deafblindness throughout the world.

Information on eye doctors and exams, common eye conditions and their symptoms, glasses, and contact lenses.

Source: KidsHealth

This site presents specific suggestions for helping preschoolers learn how to zip, button, snap, and fasten.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments