Information on Visual Impairment for Parents and Families

The resources in this section help families understand how they can support the development of their children who are blind or visually impaired, and encourage them to enjoy maximum independence. 
 
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Your top questions about congenital blindness and visual impairment in children are answered in short easy-to-read sections, with links to resources and organizations for more information. Also available in Spanish.
 
Future Reflections, 2004, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Barbara Cheadle's child-rearing advice for parents whose children have visual impairments.
 
Texas State School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Dr. Natalie Barraga explains six stages in development in which parents and various team members are involved as children grow.  Also available in Spanish.
 
Junior Blind of America & Perkins eLearning (Webinar)
An in-depth view of how the iPad can be used to provide vision stimulation to young children with varying degrees of visual impairments. Includes video footage of stimulation sessions.
 
FamilyConnect
What parents should know about visual efficiency, visual fields and visual self-sufficiency.
 
FamilyConnect
Connecting with national, state, and local organizations, and parent support groups.
 
KidsHealth
Information on eye doctors and exams, common eye conditions and their symptoms, glasses, and contact lenses.
 
Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Understanding one's diagnosis, eye care specialties, following medical directions, common abbreviations, and more. Also available in Spanish.