Giving Blind and Visually Impaired Children the Power to Explore—Using All Their Senses

Editor’s Note: FamilyConnect is dedicated to empowering parents and caregivers of children with visual impairments—we know you are your child’s first and most significant teachers. We want you to know what’s different about the way visually impaired children learn and how to support learning and development from an early age. For this reason, we are … Continued

Adult with a Visual Impairment Describes Learning to Use the White Cane While Using a Motorized Wheelchair As a Teen

Editor’s Note: Ms. Kim Shepherd shares her experience learning Orientation and Mobility while using her motorized wheelchair in hopes that children and teens with multiple disabilities pursue O&M training. Thank you, Kim! To the FamilyConnect family, I received Orientation and Mobility training in 1977, at age 15, while attending Chico Junior High School in Chico, … Continued

Hands-On Summer Activities for Children with Visual Impairments

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from guest blogger Paula Korelitz. Paula, a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), offers her suggestions for hands-on activities for your child who is visually impaired. Summer’s officially here! This extended vacation time provides an opportunity to add to your child’s general knowledge base and encourage self-confidence and growth. … Continued

Dancing Dots and Summer Music Academy

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is from guest blogger Bill McCann. Bill is the founder and president of Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology and director of a summer music academy for young musicians who are blind or visually impaired. Summer Music Academy for Youth with Visual Impairments By Bill McCann Once again this August, I … Continued

Empowered by Sports: The United States Association of Blind Athletes Offers Life-Changing Recreational Opportunities

Editor’s Note: FamilyConnect aims to help parents recognize the importance of recreational activities for children and teens with visual impairments as well as identify agencies and associations who provide recreational instruction and opportunities for blind and visually impaired children and adults. Families, meet the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)! Empowered by Sports By … Continued

Goalball: An Overview from the United States Association of Blind Athletes

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post provides an overview of goalball, a competitive sport for blind athletes, as well as information on finding teams for various ages. This information has been generously shared from the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and was originally published on USABA’s site. To watch goalball in action, USABA recommends … Continued

Adding a Braille Touch to Special Occasions – An Activity for Mother’s Day

Editor’s note: Mother’s Day is around the corner! Dads and others, what a perfect opportunity to work alongside your child to create a tactile card for Mom using a braille design. Have fun and don’t forget to make the experience meaningful to your child! Adding a Braille Touch to Special Occasions By Sheila Rousey, VisionAware … Continued

If Your Child Enjoys Beeping Easter Egg Hunts, You May Have This Man to Thank

By Amy Lynn Smith Ever since learning that his daughter, Rachel, would be blind, David Hyche has actively sought ways to make sure she can fully participate in all the joys of childhood and life. When Rachel was still a toddler, David was helping his church plan an Easter egg hunt and wanted to find … Continued

Giving Blind and Visually Impaired High Schoolers a Head Start on the College Experience

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is from guest blogger, Tovah Miller, from Perkins School for the Blind. This blog was originally posted on the Learning Ally blog. Giving Blind and Visually Impaired High Schoolers a Head Start on the College Experience By Tovah Miller There’s no place more energizing than a college campus. However, many … Continued

Happy Valentine’s Day: Activities for Your Child or Teen Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

"Cultivate love for love is the light that gives the eye to see great and noble things." —Helen Keller Every day, you are cultivating the love you have for your child who is blind or visually impaired. You spend the necessary time and effort to ensure they are receiving proper care; you advocate on their … Continued