What We’re Reading and Listening to This Week

Now that the school year (and election season) is in full swing again, we’re finding lots of great articles and resources online that might educate or inspire. Although this article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), “Parent Determination Leads to Son’s Success with Assistive Technology” focuses on a parent whose child has a … Continued

Children From Vision Australia Communicate with the International Space Station

This story from Vision Australia delighted me. Several young clients, 8-12 years old, prepared questions and had the chance to interview a real astronaut, Mike Fossum, about his life and work in space as he circled the earth at 27,000km per hour on board the International Space Station. What an amazing, interactive science and technology … Continued

Happy 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is officially 20 years old! I remember attending the ceremony at the White House where President George H.W. Bush signed the law on July 26, 1990 and I’m looking forward to celebrating with President Obama and the disability community today. Of course, American children with vision loss have … Continued

Join FamilyConnect in Celebrating May as Healthy Vision Month!

The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) of the National Eye Institute (NEI) has created free resources and tools in English and in Spanish that you can download or link to, to share with other parents and your community. Their site is loaded with information about resources, tool kits, literature, and information on eye diseases, … Continued

Hands-On Learning Thanks to New Technology

I recently came across this interesting article about a high school in Alberta, Canada. They report that they are very pleased with their investment in “lab equipment designed to allow students with low vision, or no vision, to become active participants in chemistry, physics and biology labs.” It is great to see creative technological solutions … Continued

Parents of Blind Children Were Also Affected by the Philippine Typhoons

Many of you know Judith Lesner, our community moderator on the FamilyConnect message boards. She is a mother and has been an advocate for many years for families of children with visual impairments. She also has been a great support to the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) affiliate in the … Continued