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

Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Especially for Families of Blind and Visually Impaired Children 

Melisa Matthews was an elementary school teacher when she gave birth to a son – who was a pale blonde towhead — and assumed he’d grow out of it, just like her husband did. Two-and-a-half years later, the couple had a daughter, whose irregular eye movements were identified at her two-month wellness check-up. Melisa’s daughter … Continued

Words from the Wise: An Interview with “The Blind Cook” Christine Ha

There’s no question that Christina Ha is a remarkable, history-making woman, the only blind contestant ever and the season three winner of “MasterChef.” For Women’s History Month, we asked her to share her story as inspiration for parents and their children who are visually impaired. The key takeaway? Anything is possible if you’re determined.  FamilyConnect: … Continued

Transitions: Navigating Vocational Rehabilitation Services as a High School Student Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired!

Editor’s Note: APH CareerConnect program manager, Richard Rueda, shares how youth who are blind or visually impaired can prepare for college and career success by utilizing local Vocational Rehabilitation services.  If your child is exploring post-high school transition, be sure to check out our APH CareerConnect resources and our Success Stories about blind and low-vision … Continued

Ever Lee Hairston: A Black leader in the blindness field and civil rights

Ever Lee Hairston is not only one of the countless Black leaders who work in the field of blindness, or have done so through the years. She is also a civil rights leader – and her experience with the civil rights movement inspired her to help others who are blind, like her.  Lighting the flame  … Continued

Let Kids Be Kids: Instilling Confidence in Children With Visual Impairments  

Paul Schroeder, who is Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at APH, has had a successful and satisfying career so far. And he’s quick to credit his parents for making a lot of good decisions after he lost both eyes to retinoblastoma – cancer of the retina – by the time he was two … Continued

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Part 1: Joanna and Chrissa’s Journey

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.   Let’s look at a brief summary of ONH and listen to a mom share her story of her … Continued

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 Three: Top 10 List for Parents in the IEP Process

What does a parent or caregiver need to know about the IEP process?   So far we’ve looked at the purpose of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP): An “IEP” is designed to set forth the way a school will meet the educational and disability-related needs of the child. We’ve also looked at the components of an IEP meeting, including what will be discussed and … 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