Organizations and Web Sites
If the student is blind or has low vision, organizations and publications you can look to for help and refer family members to could include:
Local chapters of The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Local chapters of the American Council of the Blind
The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Inc. (NAPVI)
Represents families of children with visual impairments, low vision, blindness and visual impairments with additional disabilities in the United States. NAPVI's membership consists of parents, individuals with visual impairments, agencies, and professionals who support and provide services to families of children with visual impairments. The number of families who benefit from the services of NAPVI is estimated to be more than 50,000.
National Federation of the Blind, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children: Support, information, and advocacy organization of parents of blind or visually impaired children. Addresses issues including help for parents of a newborn blind infant, mobility and Braille instruction, education, social and community participation, development of self-confidence, and other vital factors involved in the growth of a blind child. Publishes Future Reflections--a quarterly magazine for parents and teachers of blind children, published by The National Federation of the Blind
The NOPBC also has a listserv for parents of blind children. To subscribe, send an email message (leave the subject line blank) to: email@example.com. In the body put "subscribe blindkid." If you are interested in receiving the digest version (one message per 24 hours) put "subscribe kids-d."
American Foundation for the Blind
NASA, Opening Blind Eyes to Science
Hands-On Book of Hubble Images allow the Visually Impaired to "Touch the Universe"
Hadley School for the Blind
High School Program. Blind and low vision students can use this free correspondence school to suplement their on-site high school education
Hadley School Family Education Program. The Family Education Program focuses on independent living, technology, advocacy and adjustment to blindness issues. While some of the courses were written for adults who are blind or severely visually impaired, they also contain important information for a family member. Other courses have been developed specifically for family members. The first five courses are listed in a recommended sequence for parents of young children. The remaining courses may be of interest to all Family Education Program students.
Art Education for the Blind website:
Blind Childrens Center
Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments (2003).
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in Australia
Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Chapter 1: The Spirit of Inclusion
Chapter 3: Technological and Medical Interventions
Chapter 4: Teaching Strategies and Accommodations
Chapter 5: Activities
Chapter 6: Social Skills
Chapter 7: Counseling Students with Vision Impairment
Chapter 8: Working with Families
Chapter 9: Research and Reflections