St. Patrick’s Day Play: Little Leprechauns Can Enjoy Edible Rainbow “Sand”!

It’s play time—colorful, sensory, tasty play time. And perhaps the best part, this activity is easy-peasy. So, gather your little leprechauns and taste the rainbow.   Here’s what you need:  One box of Fruit Loops Cereal Food processor, or ziplock bag and rolling pin A large bowl  Play things (I used measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a whisk)— consider color contrast and accessible measuring tools      A … Continued

16 Tips for Encouraging a Struggling Reader Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

My curly-haired, almost ten-year-old daughter is spunky, empathetic, artistic, and creative…She’s also a struggling reader. Though she’s continued to receive slow and steady instruction in phonics since she was four or five years old, reading is an effort and a significant source of frustration for her. Maybe you, too, have a struggling reader who panics when … Continued

Constructing a Brighter Future: Quarantine-Friendly Resources for Families With a Blind or Visually Impaired Child

Yes, we’re all over and done with this trying season. Even so, take a deep breath and join me in considering how we can make something beautiful out of it. While many are working longer hours, many others still find themselves with unaccounted for hours in their days. If this is you, maybe you’ve had … Continued

Working Together to Provide Meaningful Health Education to Students with Visual Impairments

Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Stacy Kelly, Ed.D and Gaylen Kapperman, Ed.D. of Northern Illinois University. They will join us for a webinar on February 17 at 3:00PM ET. Visit the APH ConnectCenter webinars page to learn more and register. Parent-professional partnerships make a difference for students who are blind or have low … Continued

Brittany Clarkson with daughter Addy in a park, Addy touching a tactile wooden sculpture that resembles a dragon
Two children sitting on a bench with Braille Buzz in laps

Empowering Your Teen Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired for Adulthood

It won’t be long before your teen is earning his own income and living independently—let’s actually label it interdependently, as emotionally healthy adults rely on others in one way or another, albeit for friendship, paid help with house cleaning or lawn care, or general advice and support. This, of course, begs the question: how well … Continued

Are You Homeschooling Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired? Share Your Experience and Resources

Hi, homeschooling families! I have heard from many a family who has a child who is blind or visually impaired and who is researching homeschooling. And so I come to you, homeschooling families, asking you to share your experiences and advice. We’d love to glean from you and hear what it’s like to homeschool a … Continued

Equipping Your Teen Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired for College

Leer este artículo en español As a first-generation college graduate, I know from experience that there is room for blind students in every college classroom. However, as a first-generation student, I also know that blind students must be prepared for college in order to succeed. You see, there is a substantial difference between college and … Continued

In Early Intervention, We Advocate for Babies and Toddlers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

We’ve all heard the saying comparing children to sponges—soaking up all the verbal and nonverbal cues from the world around them. Just as a sponge placed in the vicinity of an expanding puddle will inevitably absorb and store the contents into its many pores, so will a child, exposed to various sensory information, have access … Continued