If Your Child Enjoys Beeping Easter Egg Hunts, You May Have This Man to Thank

By Amy Lynn Smith Ever since learning that his daughter, Rachel, would be blind, David Hyche has actively sought ways to make sure she can fully participate in all the joys of childhood and life. When Rachel was still a toddler, David was helping his church plan an Easter egg hunt and wanted to find … Continued

Including Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired in Easter Traditions

The goal of the day is idea-sharing. Let’s put our heads together and consider how to make the holiday of Easter, its traditions and celebrations, just as meaningful and enjoyable to a child with a visual impairment as it is to a child with full sight. What Is Easter? It helps to begin with a … Continued

Happy Valentine’s Day: Activities for Your Child or Teen Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

"Cultivate love for love is the light that gives the eye to see great and noble things." —Helen Keller Every day, you are cultivating the love you have for your child who is blind or visually impaired. You spend the necessary time and effort to ensure they are receiving proper care; you advocate on their … Continued

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

Including Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired in Christmas Traditions

Last year we discussed including your child who is blind or visually impaired in Hanukkah traditions; I learned much as I asked my friend, a rabbi, to explain the holiday traditions to me. Together, the rabbi and I discussed how to make each tradition meaningful and accessible to a child who is blind or low … Continued

The Best Holiday Crafts

When you have a child who is blind, you don’t always receive homemade gifts from school that were made entirely by your children. It’s difficult for teachers and classroom assistants to let a child have total control over an art project. Therefore, we often receive projects that were done with significant support, which can honestly … Continued

Preparing Our Children for the Holidays

When we think about the major holidays that occur this time of year, we often focus on the big day itself. We picture opening presents, plan who’s coming to visit, and consider our religious events or beliefs. So, when we prepare our children who are blind for the holidays, we can get stuck on “just” … Continued

Toys “R” Us Quiet Hours and Toy Guide for Children with Autism

If your child is blind or visually impaired and has autism or a sensory processing disorder, I wanted to be sure you heard Toys “R” Us’ exciting new venture. The US-based retail giant opened its UK doors last month for “quiet hours” on November 6th. Lights and music were lowered, announcements were eliminated, and “quiet … Continued

Holiday Travel Tips for Families with Visually Impaired Children and Teens

Heading anywhere for the holidays? This year we’re opting to stay home and soak up two weeks of minimal commitments and maximum relaxation. I cannot wait to regroup and unwind. If you, on the other hand, are opting to visit family, sightsee, or vacation, you brave soul, and you aim to experience respite on your … Continued

Holiday Gifts for Children and Teens with Visual Impairments

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are quickly approaching, and I for one cannot wait! I’d like to say it’s because I enjoy the snow, holiday decor, and mostly the extra family time and memory making—because I do! But if you can keep a secret, I’m most looking forward to the surprise puppy we’re getting (the long-hoped-for … Continued