Sensing and Learning with the APH Hive

Does your child who is blind or low vision have complex needs? Partnering with your education team to gather information about how your child responds to activities at school and home is the first step towards building communication skills. As parents, we may want to know what is observed when determining our childā€™s present level … Continued

APH Hive: Equipping Children who Have Multiple Disabilities with Pre-Employment Skills

Is your child who is blind or low vision with additional disabilities preparing for a lifetime of meaningful employment? While transition and career readiness are mandated in your childā€™s IEP by the age of 16, career readiness has its place in your childā€™s educational programming from day one of entering school. But what does career … Continued

Valentine Crafts to Practice Assistive Technology

Valentineā€™s Day is upon us, and youā€™re likely planning for your childā€™s classroom card exchange. Famous for its paper hearts, glitter, and lace, itā€™s a common time for crafting in the preschool and elementary school world. As parents, some of us love it, and some of us hate it. And then a few of us … Continued

Early Intervention with Lola: A Motherā€™s Perspective

Editorā€™s note: Meredith Howell reflects on learning that her daughter, Lola, has low vision and multiple disabilities. She looks back at the value of early intervention services and shares that she is now the regional director of Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) Indiana. Early Intervention with Lola: A Motherā€™s Perspective When I was told my … Continued

Parents teaching children to be their own advocate is the lesson of a lifetime

Itā€™s not unusual for parents to advocate for their children, even if theyā€™re not blind or visually impaired. But Wendy Hardman and her husband, John, like many parents, did something even more valuable for their son, Cole: They taught him to advocate for himself from the start. (See related story on CareerConnect, Parents teaching children to … Continued

Behind the Scenes: Mom Creates CVI-Friendly YouTube Videos

Editorā€™s note: Alissa DeSousa shares memories of her son receiving multiple medical diagnoses, both in utero and in early childhood, including cerebral/ cortical visual impairment (CVI). She also shares how she recognized a need for CVI-friendly videos and proceeded to meet the need. Behind the Scenes: Mom Creates CVI-Friendly YouTube Videos When my pregnancy was … Continued

Making Stories Sparkle! An Invitation to an Interactive Story TimeĀ 

Hello, Iā€™m Gwynnie-Gwyn-Gwyn, the storyteller and creator of the Story Time Show, a show that is inclusive of the whole family or class. Itā€™s a show that has children with complex learning needs and their families at its heart. Itā€™s a show that aims to have FUN!  Can you imagine the joy of your family … Continued

Transitions: ā€œWhat Did You Say About Frogsā€?: Deafblindness, An Incomplete IntroductionĀ 

Editorā€™s note: Is your child or young adult an individual with deafblindness? Do you wonder what itā€™s like to be DeafBlind? In recognition of DeafBlind Awarness Month, George Stern shares his perspective on living with deafblindness. George is a deafblind Afro-Caribbean immigrant who’s interested in all things food, linguistic, and social justice.Ā Ā  Several lifetimes ago, … Continued

APH ConnectCenter Physical Activity Webinar Programsā€Æ

by Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs Editorā€™s Note: Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs share information about a seven-part APH ConnectCenter webinar series where Dr. Lieberman and additional experts will provide information, examples, and tools to support access to recreation and physical activity for all children, including those who are blind or low vision.  … Continued

Transitions: The Making of a (Self) AdvocateĀ Ā 

by Jaida Burrows Editorā€™s Note: Growing up with cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment (CVI), high school Junior, Jaida, shares how she doesnā€™t see her challenges as ā€œbarriersā€; she sees ā€œpuzzlesā€ that she can solve. Jaidaā€™s parents raised her to be a self-advocate. Starting in middle school, Jaida was empowered to share her story which … Continued