2022 in our Rearview: APH ConnectCenter’s Year in Review

We’re taking a trip down memory lane—with 2022 in our rearview! We at the APH ConnectCenter invite you to look back with us at the top content of the year—personal favorites from the content managers and each website’s most viewed content. And that’s not all! APH Huntington shares its most memorable event of the year … Continued

TeenTober: Cultivating a Fondness for Reading

Editor’s note:TeenTober™ is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. Today we look at inspiring your teen who is blind or low vision to … Continued

Transitions: 10 Resources for Transitioning from High School to College or Work

Editor’s note: If you have a teenager who is blind or low vision, encourage them to utilize all or several of the following ten resources to prepare for college or the workforce. The list of transition resources has been updated as of August 2022. 10 Resources for Transitioning from High School to College or Work … Continued

First Day Jitters: Four Stories of Transition (Elementary, Middle, High, College)

It can certainly feel daunting when your child or teen who is blind or low vision is transitioning to their next season of education (elementary, middle, high school, or college)! Much like the popular children’s book series First Day Jitters, you and your maturing child may have jitters—and more than a few! You may both … Continued

Transitions: From Self-Conscious of Blindness to Self-Confident and Successful: Meet Gena Harper  

Editor’s Note: Parents of children and young adults who are blind or low vision can take note of Gena Harper’s transformation from a young person who was self-conscious of blindness to an adult who is self-confident and successful. It is common for young people to desperately want to fit in with their peers. For this … Continued

Parent of a Teen Who is Blind Shares Funding Strategies for Private Services 

APH CareerConnect Advisor and friend of APH FamilyConnect, Lisa Lloyd, and her husband have a 14-year-old who is blind whom they adopted from India just before her 5th birthday. If you know Lisa and her husband, you know they are fierce advocates for the truly unique needs of their children.   Lisa shares, “Our daughter is … Continued

Summer Friendships: Helping Your Child Who is Blind or Low Vision Develop and Maintain Connections

Summer offers most young people additional free time due to fewer academic responsibilities. The season is ripe for your child who is blind or low vision to develop and maintain friendships through planning and attending get-togethers. Consider with me who your child can meet up with, any social skills needing improvement, and any accessibility concerns—all … Continued

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Part 3: Instructional Strategies  

If your child has been diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH), you are not alone! According to Dr. Borchert for The MAGIC Foundation, Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) is the leading cause of blindness in infants and children.   Joanna Mathewson recalled her young daughter’s diagnosis of ONH in Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Part 1: Joanna and Chrissa’s … Continued

Transitions: Dicapta: Spanish Audio Description Services and Technology for Accessibility 

Editor’s note: Parents of children who are blind or visually low vision, does your child speak Spanish? Learn more about the Dicapta Corporation, which makes audiovisual content accessible to Spanish speakers who are blind or low vision!   Have you ever wondered how people who are blind or low vision watch television shows and movies? Or … Continued

Transitions: Navigating College Is Easier with Envision’s College Success Program 

Editor’s note: Parents of children who are blind or low vision, is your child preparing for college or other post-secondary education? You can introduce your child to Envision College Success Program’s all-virtual, holistic support system. Read on to learn more about the program and all it offers.  Let’s face it—navigating college (from the application process … Continued