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

Transitions: Navigating College Is Easier with Envision’s College Success Program 

Editor’s note: Parents of children who are blind or low vision, is your child preparing for college or other post-secondary education? You can introduce your child to Envision College Success Program’s all-virtual, holistic support system. Read on to learn more about the program and all it offers.  Let’s face it—navigating college (from the application process … Continued

The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub Has Your Back for Transition Services 

Could it really be time to investigate summer transition programs and services for your transition-age student or young adult who is blind or has low vision? Yes! Those steamy months wrought with extra time for preparing your young person for adulthood—independent life, college or career school, and the workforce—are around the corner. To help you … Continued

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” for Youth Who Are Blind or Low Vision

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2022” applies to all children, especially those who are blind or who have low vision.  Why? Because we know that children with visual impairments need purposeful exposure to jobs and career choices that they may not “see” on TV or by casually walking down a street.  Let’s … Continued

Transitions: Teens, Are You Strapped for Cash? Start Planning for a Summer Job

Editor’s Note: National Student Employment Week has passed, but a summer job remains a right-of-passage for many high school students. It might be a teen’s first taste of freedom offered by a paycheck, it might represent saving up for something special, it might be a step toward saving for college or transition to living independently.  Just … 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