Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wait until my blind child is in school to get help in teaching him/her?
No. Local school districts and/or the Children and Families Program may have early intervention programs designed to teach your child developmentally appropriate skills. These services may begin as soon as an eligible visual impairment is identified by an eye doctor.
What children may receive early intervention services?
Visually impaired children from birth through five may receive early intervention services sponsored by the Children and Families Program.
How are early intervention services provided for my child?
Early intervention services are usually provided through service contracts the Division of Blind Services has with community rehabilitation programs. Personnel trained in visual impairments and early childhood education work directly with families in the child's natural learning environment.
Are there special toys that my toddler should be playing with?
Your visually impaired child can often benefit from the same toys a sighted child would use. However, there will be times when the color, texture, and sounds the toy makes will make it a more interesting toy to a child with low vision. Your Children and Families Program Specialist can share catalogues, information and suggestions for toys, or show you how to adapt some toys for your child to better utilize.
How long can my child continue to receive services from the Children and Families Program after transitioning from early intervention to school placement?
Children may receive services in the Children and Families Program through age 21, provided the individual is still in high school, or being referred to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of the Division of Blind Services, or to another agency with appropriate services.

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