Bringing Blindness Awareness to the Sighted Classroom: This article by Carol Castellano gives tips on how to teach sighted children about blindness. She explains that "blindness simulations" where kids don blindfolds may not be a good idea: "What are the goals of such exercises? Sighted students will probably have trouble performing tasks under blindfold that they are accustomed to doing with their eyesight. Is the goal to show them how hard it is to be blind?"
IEP's for Parents of Blind or Visually Impaired Children (Helpful for transition to Preschool)
8 Tips for Working with a Child who is Blind: Many doctors, therapists or specialists may have never worked with a child who is blind. Here are some simple ways to help you start this relationship positively and productively.
From baking in the kitchen and planting in the garden to riding the subway and helping at the grocery store, there is so much for a blind child to learn just by participating in everyday activities.
When your child is blind or visually impaired it's kind of scary to hand him off to a teacher at the beginning of a new school year. It might be a good idea to create a welcome packet of materials about your child and their disability. You can give this information to your child's new teacher as a way to explain who your child is, how they communicate and how best to interact with them.
Yes You Can! How to Encourage Your Blind Child without Pushing too Hard: Have you ever thought about all the things your child *can't* do because of their disability? It can be depressing, but one way to get over that is to figure out how to make inaccessible activities accessible... but it's also important to remember not to push your child into activities they simply don't find interesting.
The Best Braille Children's Book Resources on the Internet: We'll show you the best places to find braille children's books - and some of them are free!