Online Learning for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired In Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside-down. In our house, one of the biggest challenges we face is continuing education for our son who is blind. Joshua is ten years old and in the 4th grade. We adopted Joshua three years ago from China. Prior to his adoption, Joshua did not have any opportunity to learn … Continued

Mother with arm around daughter smiling sitting on front porch
Two hands holding orange with toothpicks sticking out of it

Teaching Your Child Who is Blind or Visually Impaired About Viruses and Handwashing

You should have seen her—my nine-year-old daughter “washed her hands” after coming in for dinner. My inner dialogue: Wait, what?! Is that how she’s been washing her hands? Does she realize she rinsed off the soap before scrubbing? It’s time to go back to the basics. That’s just scary. COVID-19 is here and it feels … Continued

Four smiling people, some wearing hats, on a beach vacation
A blue plastic easter Egg lays open on a table with an egg shaped birdseed treat between the two halves.

Have an Easter Egg Hunt for the Birds!

Recommended age for this lesson: 2+ Skills to work on in this activity: Daily LivingMathReading Comprehension (If paired with an App: Assistive Technology Ex:  iOS: SeeingAI or Android: EnvisionAI)Following DirectionsO&MTactual Discrimination APH Products that supplement this activity: Tactile Town and Guidebook (for creating a large tactile map)Picture Maker (for  a small tactile Explorer Bright Ray … Continued

Equipping Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired with Outdoor Activity Skills

Hearing shrieks of laughter and commotion outside, Jane peeked through the blinds. Ah, the neighborhood kids are playing soccer on the Biggs’ front yard. New to the street, she didn’t yet know the ages of all the children, but they looked to be between five and eight years old, similar in age to her Theo. … Continued

Empowered to Work with Your Visually Impaired Child’s Medical Professionals

You + your child’s ophthalmologist + the pediatrician + any necessary therapists + medical specialists who manage any chronic or acute problems = your child’s robust medical professional team. You are a key member. Yet, it isn’t uncommon for parents to feel void of expertise and, therefore, to take a passive role or back seat … Continued

Empowered to Work with Your Visually Impaired Child’s Medical Professionals

You + your child’s ophthalmologist + the pediatrician + any necessary therapists + medical specialists who manage any chronic or acute problems = your child’s robust medical professional team. You are a key member. Yet, it isn’t uncommon for parents to feel void of expertise and, therefore, to take a passive role or back seat … Continued

Fostering Strong, Healthy Bonds Between Siblings When One Child Has a Visual Impairment

Families who have a child who is blind or visually impaired spend much time and energy teaching concepts which would otherwise be learned incidentally, demonstrating self-care and home management skills, addressing accessibility concerns, visiting specialists, attending educational planning meetings, and responding to questions of passersby and family members. Siblings can feel forgotten. Siblings can feel … Continued