“No, Thank You. I can do it”: Preventing Learned Helplessness

Imagine you are shopping for groceries, safely crossing a street, playing with your child at the park, utilizing an elevator, or completing a routine job task. You’re accomplishing what you have successfully accomplished for so many days and years. Your arm is clutched by a well-meaning individual wanting to “rescue” you, or you hear, “I’ve … Continued

Orientation and Mobility for Your Child Who Uses or Will Use a Wheelchair

Perhaps you are here today with apprehension or concern, eager to learn how your child will travel when blind or visually impaired and using a wheelchair (whether full-time or part-time). You aren’t sure how orientation and mobility (travel training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired) will work when your child isn’t walking. Is … Continued

In Celebration of NDEAM: We Look Back, We Advocate, and We Plan for Gainful Employment

Hello, October, arguably the most magnificent month—not (only) because of the sensational scents, sights, and sips of fall, but (also) because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NDEAM for short. In celebration: We stop and remember. We educate others. We plan and gear up for the future. Why? Because, as is the 2021 NDEAM … Continued

Transitions: White Cane Safety Day

by VisionAware peer, Steve Kelley Written by VisionAware peer, Steve Kelley, this great overview of National White Cane Safety Day was originally posted on APH’s VisionAware website. Orientation and mobility (O&M) skills are critical to the independence of all people with vision loss, regardless of age. To learn about how O&M is taught at different … Continued

Here We Go! Orientation and Mobility Instruction by Age

Editor’s Note: In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson established October 15th as White Cane Safety Day to raise awareness of people who use a white cane.  This post is the first in our series leading up to White Cane Day on October 15th. Stabilization. Strength. Motor function and control. Balance. Coordination. Awareness of one’s body and … Continued

Transitions: Perkins’ Compass Program Prepares Students for College Success

In this blog Leslie Thatcher, Ed.M., Director of College Succcess@Perkins, shares how Perkins’ Compass Program uses a coaching model to work with students in grades 9 – 12 and their families as they prepare for college success. This blog also appears on APH CareerConnect. Or you can click here to go directly to the APH … Continued

Resources on Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) in Children

Parents and family members of children with cerebral visual impairment, a brain-based visual processing disorder, are far from alone. According to the Boston Children’s Hospital, cerebral/ cortical visual impairment (CVI) is the most common cause of permanent vision loss in children.Despite its prevalence, it isn’t widely understood. Advocating for Your Child Because CVI research is … Continued

Fall Family Fun: Explore an Orchard with Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Your child has likely sunk their teeth into a crisp apple bursting with sweet juices or taken spoonfuls of sugary, smooth applesauce with notes of warm cinnamon, but do they know how their snack came to be? Do they know how apples are grown and harvested? Do they truly know what an apple tree is? Have they run their fingers over the scaly bark, wrapped their arms around the girth … Continued

How’s the School Locker Working for Your Son/ Daughter Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired?

by Shannon Carollo Do you remember your first experience with a school locker? It’s often equal parts exciting, surprisingly convenient, and anxiety-producing. Locker use is exciting because it’s a rite of passage leaving one feeling like a mature student—and how wonderful that, unlike driving, it is an accessible rite of passage for our children who … Continued

Transitions: Transitioning Students from High School to Adulthood Takes Training and Teamwork

Transition planning typically starts around age 14 or 16, but many programs are available for younger children to help them start to learn about career options. Professionals and parents of students who are visually impaired all have a part to play in preparing them for success. In this blog Neva Fairchild, President talks about why … Continued