Illuminating the IEP, Part Two: The Components of an Individualized Education Program Meeting

In “Illuminating the IEP, Part One”, Ms. Carlton Anne Cook Walker communicated the purpose of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), reminding us that the “IEP” is designed to set forth the way a school will meet the educational and disability-related needs of the child.  If your school-age child has one or more disabilities including blindness or visual impairment, an appropriate education may include:  The general education … Continued

Illuminating the IEP, Part One: The Purpose of an Individualized Education Program

by Carlton Anne Cook Walker If you are the parent or family member of a child or teen who is blind or has a visual impairment, you have (hopefully) heard the term IEP. Three letters: I, E, and P can engender a wide range of emotions – in parents, in teachers, in administrators, and even in children. Before diving … Continued

Transitions: Creativity Overcomes Challenges Posed by a Remote Summer Work

Photo of Gavin holding his iPhone. Editor’s Note: Each state offers a summer work or pre-employment transition program for youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.  These programs are great opportunities for young people to learn about working as a person with vision loss and build confidence and gain valuable work experience.  In this blog, Gavin, … Continued

Braille Literacy Month: Emergent Literacy for Individuals Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Have you ever thought about how people learn? As I have written on previously (for instance, in the blog Explore an Orchard with Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired), and as you have no doubt witnessed in your own learning endeavors and when teaching your child(ren), individuals learn when they are able to make connections.  People aren’t blank slates on which we simply download or impart information; individuals understand concepts … Continued

Braille: The Doorway to Literacy

As we celebrate Louis Braille’s birthday and World Braille Day on January 4 – and Braille Literacy Month throughout January – it’s an ideal time to consider how important it is for all students who are blind or visually impaired to learn braille.  Of course, there are plenty of ways to take in language without sight, from … Continued

Transitions: Creativity Overcomes Challenges Posed by a Remote Summer Transition Experience

Editor’s Note: Each state offers a summer work or pre-employment transition program for youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.  These programs are excellent opportunities for young people to learn about working as a person with vision loss and build confidence and gain valuable work experience.  In this blog Gavin, an aspiring actor, shares what he … Continued

Low-Vision Assessments and Services: The Earlier Your Child Starts, The Better

Perhaps you’ve noticed your young child is having trouble reading, even though they’ve started building a vocabulary. Maybe a teacher says your teen is having problems seeing the blackboard from an assigned seat, or isn’t meeting their full potential working online. Or it could be that you take your child to the family eye doctor before they … Continued

Computer Science Education Week: People Who Are Blind Can Harness the Magic of Technology Too!

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, 2021, let’s take a peek into the world of computer science and its accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  What is computer science?  Do you want the technical or “Shannon” definition? Let’s start with the technical.  According to Master’s in Data Science, computer science is the study of … Continued

Code Jumper Builds Skills and Confidence for Future STEM Careers

People with skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are in high demand in the workplace – and the field shows no signs of slowing down in the future. Computer science, including coding, is a viable career option for people who are blind or have visual impairments, because it’s all type-based, making it compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology.  … Continued

Transitions: Introducing Payton Polk, STEAM Student and APH-Papano Scholarship Recipient for 2021

Editor’s Note: Meet Payton Polk, the 2021 recipient of the APH-Papano Scholarship for STEAM students.  Payton, a biochemistry major at UCLA and shares her experiences navigating classes at UCLA as a person with a visual impairment.  This blog also appears on the APH CareerConnect website.  APH: Hi Payton! Thank you for taking the time to share your story. Would you begin by telling us a little about … Continued