Accompanying Conditions  Blind/Visually Impaired

"Speech and language is a major developmental milestone for all children. Sight plays an important role in speech development for typical children; they see something and parents identify it. This process begins very early, much earlier than when a child begins to speak. So it's not surprising that blind, visually impaired and especially deaf/blind children are at risk for speech delays."
-- from the Blind Children's Learning Centre


Assistive Technology from the Parents Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) website.

Blind Children's Learning Center speech program for blind children. Located in Santa Ana, CA

Braille Bug Learn all about Braille, its creator, and Hellen Keller. Includes games and codes.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

The Foundation for Blind Children

Links - from the American Council of the Blind. Devoted to resources that are both important and interesting. These pages change often so come back and check this section from time to time.

Products and Services

National Federation of the Blind Provides a wealth of information including statistics and answers to questions kids ask.

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Books:

Children With Visual Impairments: Social Interaction, Language and Learning
Children with Visual Impairments: Social Interaction, Language and Learning

Book Description
This book sets out the basis for addressing the individual needs of children with a wide range of visual impairments within the Code of Practice. It includes information about ophthalmics; the identification and assessment of aspects of vision, and the role of different agencies likely to be involved; a comprehensive range of practical strategies; and advice on the use of low vision aids, appropriate decor and physical layouts, lighting conditions and equipment, and relevant IT. Drawing on recent research, this book argues that it is the quality of the child's social interactions which promotes play, language and learning. This is a highly accessible text addressed to parents, teachers and those who support schools professionally.

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