Resources for Parents or Caregivers
Blind Childrens Center
Web site - Blind Childrens Center
Description - A Source of Hope FOR 65 Years! The Blind Childrens Center is a non-profit organization available to blind and partially sighted children regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, or ability to pay. The Blind Childrens Center is a family-centered agency which serves children with visual impairments from birth to school-age. The center-based and home-based programs and services help the children acquire skills and build their independence. The Center utilizes its expertise and experience to serve families and professionals worldwide through support services, education, and research. This site has an interesting "Publications and Resources" section containing educational books and videos for teachers and parents of children who are visually impaired, commonly encountered eye conditions, and more information regarding childhood blindness.
Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative
Description - The Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative provides training and consultation services to the families and educational teams of Florida's children and young adults (birth - 22) who are blind or have low vision, as well as deaf or hard of hearing.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Web site - Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Description - Seedlings is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children. Seedlings braille materials have opened up new worlds for thousands of children. Seedlings Braille Books for Children is keeping visually impaired children in the mainstream of popular literature and is reaching braille readers in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Seedlings contributes to literacy by providing visually impaired children equal opportunity to develop the love of reading. At this time, less than 20% of the 50,000 blind children in the United States are proficient in braille. All too often, the written word has been inaccessible to them, and this is what we are hoping to change.
Web site - TACK-TILES
Description - Tack-Tiles. Braille Systems are a sophisticated teaching tool for all ages based on LEGO.-type blocks. These Braille blocks provide a unique bridge, a smoother, shorter, more interesting path to Braille literacy. Now in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian literary Braille Code as well as Nemeth Braille Code for mathematics, Braille code for music notation, and computer Braille code. True to their nature, TACK-TILES. have shown themselves to be valuable tactile aids in several settings wherein of sensory stimulation, not vision, is the central issue to be addressed.
Web site - WonderBaby.org
Description - WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.