Transitions: Celebrating the Diversity of Hispanic Heritage with Albinism

Kayla Ludlow loves being a Latina. She’s proud of her Hispanic heritage – her father is from Ecuador – and even though her parents split up when Kayla was young, her American-born mother made sure to teach Kayla about her heritage, including encouraging her to learn Spanish and take Latin dance classes. But people don’t … Continued

Parents teaching children to be their own advocate is the lesson of a lifetime

It’s not unusual for parents to advocate for their children, even if they’re not blind or visually impaired. But Wendy Hardman and her husband, John, like many parents, did something even more valuable for their son, Cole: They taught him to advocate for himself from the start. (See related story on CareerConnect, Parents teaching children to … Continued

A Dad’s Perspective: Learning My Son Has Albinism

Editor’s note: September is Albinism Awareness Month. In effort to increase awareness of albinism and subsequent low vision in children, APH FamilyConnect shares a dad’s story of learning his young son has albinism. A Dad’s Perspective: Learning My Son Has Albinism Benjamin was born in November 2017. He was fair-skinned and blonde and looked exactly … Continued

Transitions: APH Huntington: A Program to Enhance Resources and Outcomes for a Rural Area

Editor’s note: APH Huntington recognizes the barriers to accessing services for those who are blind or low vision living in rural communities. Lee Huffman, APH Huntington’s Senior Strategist of Accessible Technology and Community Outreach, shares that one of APH Huntington’s aims is to provide hands-on training, discussions, and services throughout the rural community of Huntington, … Continued

Social Skill Savvy for the First Day of School – with Bonus “About Me” Template! 

If you’re like me (a bit of a nerd at heart), you may remember your childhood school “first days” as fun and exciting, with possibly a few nervous butterflies in the mix. I loved the satisfaction of putting a crisp, clean stack of paper into my brightly colored Trapper-Keeper (did you know they’re back in … Continued

Transitions: U.S. Navy Veteran Loses Vision Yet Keeps His Career on Course  

Editor’s note: The end of July marks three related days of commemoration: Hire a Veteran Day is July 25, and both National Disability Independence Day and the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are July 26. Read Captain Benjamin Keeley’s story to learn about his career journey after retiring from the U.S. Navy … 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

Transitions: Celebrating Helen Keller: Her life, her achievements, and her indelible influence 

Editor’s note: Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week 2022 is June 26- July 2. Parents, family members, and caregivers of children who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind, let’s take the opportunity to look back at Helen Keller’s life and advocacy work in effort to continue carrying the mantle of empowering individuals who are blind, low … 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

APH ConnectCenter Physical Activity Webinar Programs 

by Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs Editor’s Note: Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs share information about a seven-part APH ConnectCenter webinar series where Dr. Lieberman and additional experts will provide information, examples, and tools to support access to recreation and physical activity for all children, including those who are blind or low vision.  … Continued