Practical Information for Parents and Caregivers

Most people are scared of the unknown. Your child's visual impairment seems frightening because you more than likely have little or no knowledge about visual impairment.

The resources listed here are meant to give you information that will be beneficial to you in making your child happy, self-assured and inquisitive - as you would do with any child. Early contact with parent groups may be one of the most important things you can do to help yourself with this goal.

The organizations and resources listed here are eager to provide you with information. Your best source of information regarding your child’s vision is your pediatric ophthalmologist. The other resources included here are primarily educational. 

 

ACTIVE LEARNING MATERIALS

Active Learning Materials can be purchased through the following suppliers:

Vision Associates - Books and FIELA Curriculum

Funktionssentret, Litleasveien 41, 5090 Nyborg, Norway.

Phone: +47 55 39 20 80  | Fax: +47 55 18 77 60

Email: vasscociates@sprintmail.com

 

National Braille Press - Book bags are available for all U.S. children, birth to seven years of age. For further information contact aruell@nbp.org, or call (888) 965-8965, ext. 34, 

 

Support & Advocacy

Support for Your Child With Special Needs As They Join the Public Schools    (Including Development or Review of IEPs)

Contact Donna Walls, MS ED, dccc99@yahoo.com

 

INFORMATION ABOUT FREE ACCESS PASSES TO NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS

Lifetime free passes area available for any U.S citizen or permanent resident.  For further information to:

http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/access/access_pass.htm 

 

CAMPING FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Although not exhaustive this link provides information on camps available for children who are visually impaired within the United States:

http://www.kidscamps.com/special_needs/visual_impaired.html

 

RESOURCES ABOUT HEALTH FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities
http://www.ada.gov/medcare_ta.htm

Medicare Coverage if You're Disabled
http://www.ehealthmedicare.com/about-medicare/disability/

Disability and Obesity
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/obesity.html

Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter7.aspx

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians
http://www.onlineloancalculator.org/resources/disabled-pedestrians.php