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

The APH ConnectCenter Launches – The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub

Our APH ConnectCenter staff have been busy this summer with updates to our websites and planning new resources for our FamilyConnect and APH CareerConnect families.  August is an exciting time here at the APH ConnectCenter as we reveal our new rebranded websites (FamilyConnect, APH CareerConnect, and VisionAware).  We are also launching a new website: APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub. Our new look is dynamic, high contrast with our websites still offering a wealth of curated resources on … Continued

An Adventure in Summer ECC Skills: Make Smoothie Popsicles!

It sure is getting hot outside! The temperature isn’t the only thing rising—so is our desire to have a little summer fun. Why not gather the family to make and eat ice lollies?!—that’s the endearing name for popsicles here in the United Kingdom. I’m all in—in fact, today I purchased silicone popsicle molds. While they’re not necessary for popsicle making, they sure simplify the task.  If you aren’t quite sure how to safely involve your … Continued

Let’s Go to the Loo: Resources for Potty Training a Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Toilet training is often viewed as a looming hurdle, a giant obstacle, and an exhausting feat. One requiring patience upon patience. We parents arm ourselves with a litany of literature, hoping to prepare our children for success and ourselves with realistic expectations, but most toilet-training literature is written for children who are fully sighted. While … Continued

Swimming for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Get out the suits and sunscreen, it’s pool time! Swimming is a welcome reprieve from the heat and a phenomenal no-impact exercise for the entire family. But don’t take it from me: Letticia Martinez, Paralympian swimmer who is blind, shares her story to encourage parents. Let’s dive into accessibility considerations for your child who is … Continued

Camping with Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

My hope is your family is able to unwind this summer on holiday. If you’re feeling unsettled about staying in a hotel during a pandemic, or you’re seeking the serenity of nature, perhaps this is the summer for a camping adventure!   I will never forget our first camping experience as a family. We bundled up our only child (at the time), packed … Continued

Fishing, A Phenomenal Father’s Day Activity with Your Child Who is Blind or Visually Impaired

Dads, you are a gift to your children. Your love and support are valuable; you are valuable. We honor you.  This Father’s Day, I wonder if you’d enjoy making plans to spend the day together. You may have found a winning activity already—perhaps your family bikes, hikes, bowls, swims, games, or cooks together—and if that’s how you’d most enjoy spending Father’s Day, go … Continued

Help! What Do I Do with Ample Sumer Free Time for My Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired?

School’s out for the summer! Cue extra family time, sports, and perhaps a vacation. But, in addition to planned activities and family bonding opportunities, summer affords our children ample good old fashion free time. Managing the spare hours can feel overwhelming—especially so if you have a young child who needs close supervision or a child … Continued