Transitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 3: Leafy Vegetables

Editor’s note: This blog, written by: Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, is the third of a four-part blog series. This piece features the narrative of a Chinese American youth finding balance between her parents expecting her to attend college immediately upon graduation and her teachers encouraging her to first master independent living and blindness skills. The APH ConnectCenter wants to thank all the authors for sharing their stories with … Continued

Transitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 2: A Cup of Coffee

Editor’s Note: In the second installment of our four-part blog series, Daisy the daughter of Mexican immigrants shares her experience of wrestling with forging a path forward when her parents expected her to stay near the family but her teachers expected her to pursue a more independent lifestyle. Read the full article here Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural … Continued

Eye-Pressing in Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, And an Invitation to a Needs-Assessment Survey

Does your child who is blind or visually impaired engage in prolonged eye-pressing? Perhaps you’ve noticed your child aggressively rubbing or poking their eyes with their fingers, knuckles, or fists, and you are concerned or even disturbed. You may wonder why it’s occurring, whether it’s acceptable, and how to address it.  If this describes you, please know you are not alone!   Let’s take a look at   why … Continued

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it?  What comes next?

Editor’s note: Join us on June 15, 2021, @ 12:30 pm (EST), for the second of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will provide an overview of assistive technology and services that help people with low vision perform everyday tasks. Using the state of Massachusetts as an example, the presenters will illustrate the needs, available services, and funding for 3 different groups, namely: … Continued

Preparing Your Child Who is Blind or Visually Impaired for Kindergarten

Such a whirlwind of bittersweet emotions—kindergarten is approaching! It’s hard to believe how quickly the years have passed, isn’t it? Your little one went from complete dependence on you (with 100% baby adorableness) to making strides toward independence (with 100% “big kid” adorableness). Thankfully your child’s absolute preciousness hasn’t changed, but their level of autonomy has. So, let’s take a look at how you can be preparing your … Continued

Transitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada – Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table- Part 1: Why It Matters

Editor’s note: Transitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada – Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table- Part 1: Why It Matters, written by: Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Daisy Soto, Jovany Barba, explores the importance of taking diversity into consideration during transition planning for blind and low-vision youth. This is also available on APH CareerConnect.  Click here to read the full article.  Part 1: Why It Matters  Bread, … Continued

Flower Arranging for Mother’s Day

Delicate petals. Fuzzy leaves. Sweet-smelling blossoms. Vivid color contrasts. Sturdy stems. Yes, we’re talking about beloved flowers—the wild ones found peppered across fields and those bound and arranged-just-so at the supermarket.  While they are no doubt visually beautiful, flowers (nature’s treasures) can be enjoyed by all, irrespective of visual acuity, due to their lovely fragrance and texture.  And you … Continued

Transition: Preparing Your Student for Success in the Computer Coding Field

Computer coding to create websites and apps is a solid career choice – and one that’s particularly well-suited to people who are blind or visually impaired. That’s why APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National Coding Symposium for students May 11-14 (details below) to expose students to a wealth of information about the field.  One of the biggest … Continued

Earth Day for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Earth day—it’s a day we intentionally take note of the natural beauty of our world and choose to help preserve and steward it well. And what an expansive, exquisite planet we have!   I believe that to encourage our children to appreciate Earth and care for it, we should begin by instilling wonder in it. Especially so with our children who are blind or visually impaired, we must slow down our fast-pace in … Continued