Catching Up With The Homework Hotline

Editor’s note: This post was by Monique Coleman, President; VISTAS Education Partners; Director, National Homework Hotline-BVI; Adjunct Instructor, San Francisco State University. Join Monique and colleagues for a webinar about the National Homework Hotline on March 18 at 5:00PM ET. Register here. Imagine wrapping up your last zoom meeting of the day to find out that your child is … Continued

16 Tips for Encouraging a Struggling Reader Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

My curly-haired, almost ten-year-old daughter is spunky, empathetic, artistic, and creative…She’s also a struggling reader. Though she’s continued to receive slow and steady instruction in phonics since she was four or five years old, reading is an effort and a significant source of frustration for her. Maybe you, too, have a struggling reader who panics when … Continued

A Black History Month Celebration of Educators and Leaders in the Blindness Field

Everyone knows Stevie Wonder and the late Ray Charles: exceptionally gifted, groundbreaking musicians who also happen to be both Black and blind. But many other Black Americans have shared their talents with the world – or are still doing so – often working to advance the field of blindness and create a more inclusive society.  The Black History Month 2021 theme is … Continued

Communication for Young Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

What was your child’s first word?  This question seems innocent enough, but it caused a great deal of heartache for me every time someone asked it. With respect to my daughter Mary, that first word was never spoken. Throughout our years in Early Intervention, we focused a great deal of effort and energy on encouraging … Continued

Constructing a Brighter Future: Quarantine-Friendly Resources for Families With a Blind or Visually Impaired Child

Yes, we’re all over and done with this trying season. Even so, take a deep breath and join me in considering how we can make something beautiful out of it. While many are working longer hours, many others still find themselves with unaccounted for hours in their days. If this is you, maybe you’ve had … Continued

Working Together to Provide Meaningful Health Education to Students with Visual Impairments

Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Stacy Kelly, Ed.D and Gaylen Kapperman, Ed.D. of Northern Illinois University. They will join us for a webinar on February 17 at 3:00PM ET. Visit the APH ConnectCenter webinars page to learn more and register. Parent-professional partnerships make a difference for students who are blind or have low … Continued

Create a Felt-Heart Card With Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired (With Optional Beginner Hand Sewing)

Here’s to seasonal fun with your child as you create a tactile Valentine-heart card! Note the varying levels of difficulty—choose what works for your family.  Supplies:  Tray with raised edges and small containers for an organized work station Cardstock or a blank card Felt  Scissors Double-sided tape Embroidery thread (contrasting color to the felt may be helpful) Needles (1. a plastic … Continued

It’s My Job – A student-directed career-exploration podcast

Editor’s note: This blog was written by Christine DaLee – Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind; Colorado Springs, Colorado Adults with visual impairments have varied and interesting careers, and who better to investigate and share with us about those careers than students who are also blind or visually impaired? The It’s My Job podcast is one … Continued

Vision and Your Child’s Development

Before I was a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), I became a parent to a beautiful little girl who was born with severe visual impairments. My decision to switch careers from chemistry to education was based heavily on the wonderful support that my family received during our years in Early Intervention (EI).  All the … Continued

Is Your Child Ready for a Canine Buddy?

by Jane Flower, Youth Outreach Specialist at Guide Dogs for the Blind While our primary guide dog programs serve adults, Guide Dogs for the Blind also seeks out ways to engage youth who are blind or visually impaired wherever possible. Our two programs, K9 Buddies and Camp GDB, were developed to provide kids and their … Continued