Celebrating and Creating New Family Traditions Around the Holidays

Families all around the world celebrate the holidays differently depending on their culture and religion, but no matter how they celebrate, most families develop special holiday traditions. When I was growing up, my family had traditions every year that were passed down from generation to generation. We would put up special handmade decorations, such as … Continued

Highlights From the Upcoming NAPVI Family Conference Program

Join Us! July 10-12, 2015 Chicago, Illinois Dear Families, We are just two weeks away from the NAPVI National Family Conference to be held in Chicago. It’s not too late to register and join us! Come and meet www.FamilyConnect.org bloggers, authors, and web team for a special networking seminar for FamilyConnect members held on Friday … Continued

Join Us at the NAPVI National Family Conference in Chicago!

Dear Families, Join us at the NAPVI National Family Conference and make a vacation around the conference program. Chicago is beautiful and there is so much for families to do. The conference hotel is in the Little Italy and Greek Town neighborhood with over 50 restaurants and bars in walking distance! It’s also central to … Continued

Finding the Funds to Attend the NAPVI Family Conference

Dear NAPVI Friends and Fellow Parents, When my son was 10 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare infant eye cancer, retinoblastoma. I was devastated, and desperate to meet other parents who were having this experience. I wanted to learn more about my child’s eye condition and how his visual impairment was going to … Continued

Register Now for the International Family Conference!

We are organizing a phenomenal conference program for you and your family. The conference welcomes parents of children of all ages with visual impairments, blindness, and additional disabilities including siblings and extended family and friends. Early registration is now open! The conference location is at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually … Continued

Pumpkin Activities for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired!

We’re delighted to have a guest blog post today from Maria Dibernardo.Maria writes, “Hi, my name is Maria. I am the proud mom of my 16-year-old daughter, Jewels, who is totally blind from ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) as she was born at only 23 weeks of gestation. Here are some messy activities that we used … Continued

Mixed Emotions Going Back to School

For families it’s that time of year—mixed emotions of sadness that the summer vacation time is over, excitement and anticipation of preparation of the new school year, and the anxiety and stress that parents of children with disabilities often encounter. Will my child have the right accommodations needed to make sure his/her textbooks and materials … Continued

New Telephone Support Group for High School Seniors Planning to Attend College

We are pleased to welcome Daniel M. Callahan, Director of Children’s Vision Health, to the FamilyConnect blog today to announce Jewish Guild Healthcare’s new telephone support group for high school seniors who are blind or visually impaired. Senior year for any high school student thinking about leaving home for the first time to attend college … Continued

Volunteering at the NAPVI Family Conference

We are delighted to reprint with permission a blog post that gives a unique volunteer perspective on the recent family conference! The author, Chantal Mendes, volunteered taking care of the kids at the children’s program. She describes herself as follows: “I started out as a journalist, became a scientist and am now happily a mix … Continued