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.

APH offers a wide range of products for parents and professionals to use in the education of young children, including assessment tools, curricula, and instructional materials.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Susan Osterhaus offers suggestions for materials, activities, and resources to help young children develop simple mathematical concepts.

Source: Susan's Math Technology Corner, Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

This section includes articles on the importance of preschool education, language development, motor skills, the role of parents as teachers, and more.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Deborah Gleason offers parents a wealth of ideas on making a child's world safe and understandable. Also available in Spanish, and downloadable in Indonesian.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This introduction describes the purpose of early intervention, the support for families, types of services, and information on where services can be found.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

"...[R]esources you can use to support the growth and development of your baby or toddler from birth to five years, including the Early Support Developmental Journal ... which is a key resource."

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

This article includes sections on teaching your infant about food, starting solid food, and helping your toddler learn table manners.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

The Family Connect website is a good place to start for parents and teachers who want to understand what their child needs to learn in order to succeed in school and in life. Outlines the educational needs and rights and development of children who are blind, from infancy to the college years.

Source: Family Connect

Future Reflections (1985)

This checklist prepared by Nebraska Advocacy Services contains both the legal requirements that define the IEP process and some common sense issues that parents may wish to consider during the IEP preparation and meetings. A later (1995) version prepared by Maryland Disability Law Center is linked here.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Educational Advocacy is a self-directed tutorial that addresses topics of educational advocacy for parents, educators, and policymakers. Continuing education credits are available.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

This page offers suggestions for helping young children develop greater independence in all areas of daily living, including mobility, toileting, eating, dressing and undressing.

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

This article includes a list of simple activities to help children understand the world around them.  It includes activities in the home, in the park or garden, in the kitchen, at the store, and out and about.


Ben Chamberlin, a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind shows educators how to support grooming, hygiene, self-esteem, and social awareness in their students who are visually impaired.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webinar

Eye care specialists and their areas of expertise; includes links to parents' group and other important sources.

Source: FamilyConnect

This two-page fact sheet provides parents with a basic introduction to IEP goals and objectives, including some specific examples. This link takes you to a reprint of this information in Future Reflections.

Source: Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

In this keynote address for the Discover Conference, speakers Dr, Katharine Shepherd & Susan LaVenture share their personal and professional experiences to illustrate the powerful role that parents play in children’s lives.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Sponsored by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, the purpose of this site is to bring a network of people and organizations together to share ideas, resources and support for leadership training for parents and other family members of individuals with disabilities.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Family stories, discussions, training opportunities and more!

Source: Families Matter National Center on Deaf-Blindness