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

Meet the Special Education Boss, and Attend Her Advocacy Webinars 

Mayer-Cunningham is a special education advocate, representing families who have children in public school with a 504 plan or an IEP Individualized Education Program. Her journey began nearly 25 years ago, as she was trying to garner services for her own son. Upon learning that she was struggling to read and understand the IEP, she … Continued

Transitions: Advocating for Your Rights as a College Student 

Editor’s note: Marie, a college student who is blind, shares how she selected a university and advocated for an accessible education. Don’t miss the announcement of our new College Conversations webinar series where a panel of blind and low vision young adults from across the United States will share first-hand accounts and advice on the … Continued

Transitions: Meet Daryl Walker: Three-Time Goalball Paralympian 

Editor’s note: Melissa Schenkel, Turnstone’s Chair of Marketing, interviewed Daryl Walker, three-time goalball Paralympian representing Team USA in order to introduce him to the APH FamilyConnect community. Daryl shares the impact of his team, personal challenges he has overcome, and words of advice for others who are blind or low vision.  _________________________    Meet Daryl Walker: … Continued

Water Play for Your Preschooler – It’s Not Just Fun & Games! 

Editor’s note: Swimming/ water play isn’t just a refreshing pastime for the hot summer months; it’s a great way to encourage learning and skill development that both you and your kiddo who is blind or low vision will enjoy! Amanda Bernath, Early Intervention Specialist and Orientation and Mobility Specialist, shares how to make the most … Continued

Making Stories Sparkle! An Invitation to an Interactive Story Time 

Editor’s note: You’re invited to a virtual Story Time Show inclusive of your child with complex learning needs. The Sparkly Story Time Show: Marvin’s Italian Adventure with Gwyn McCormack will be presented on Tuesdays, August 16, 23, 30, and September 6, 13, 2022. For families registered with their state DeafBlind Project, please register by July … Continued

Transitions: Five Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Skills to “Pack” for College Life 

FC Editor’s note: If your child is heading off to college or other post-secondary education in the fall, they can utilize the advice of orientation and mobility specialist, Amanda Bernath. Read on to learn what O&M skills they can “pack” for their big transition!  It’s here again –summer! Many students are excitedly anticipating and planning … Continued

Transitions: Hearts for Sight: A Nonprofit Inspired by One Man’s Quest for Self-Improvement

FC Editor’s Note: Joseph Burton, co-founder and president of Hearts for Sight (HFS) Foundation, created the supportive environment he longed for as a young man. HFS provides health, wellness, and therapy for adults and youth who are blind or low vision.  _________________________  Joseph Burton knows what a significant difference it can make in someone’s life … 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

Meet Satauna Howery: Voice Actor and Small Business Owner Who is Blind

Editor’s note: Is your child or young adult interested in voice acting? Meet Satauna Howery, a voice actor who is blind, and hear her advice to others who are blind or low vision who are interested in a career in the industry.   Hold on to your hats and be prepared to be wowed! You’re about … Continued