Babies and Toddlers Who Are Blind or Low Vision
Babies are wonderful, but they don’t arrive with a set of instructions! Like all parents, parents of infants who are visually impaired have a lot to learn. But there are many services and sources of help. Find out about them—and much more—here.
- How can I tell if my baby can’t see?
- When Your Baby or Toddler Is Blind or Low Vision
- What about the impact of blindness or low vision on your baby’s development?
- How do I get services if my baby can’t see? And what happens at age three?
- How do blind babies learn to play?
- What are good toys for a blind baby and where can I get them?
- What are those repetitive behaviors?
- I am all set, but it’s time for my visually impaired toddler to transition to preschool. What now?
Once you have the diagnosis of an eye condition, learn how you can:
- Deal with medical professionals
- Learn about the impact of a child’s blindness on the family
- Adapt your home for a blind child
- Find out what types of services blind children need and how to get them
The “Transition to Independence” section explains how you may help your child to develop independence skills and begin the process of career awareness and development. We thank the May and Stanley Smith Foundation for its support and funding of this project. Read these articles to see what you can do at home.
- Building Knowledge in Infants and Toddlers Who Are Blind or Low Vision
- Helping Visually Impaired Children Explore the Community
- Modeling Good Manners as Your Child with Blindness or Low Vision Learns to Interact
- Teaching Empathy to Children with Blindness or Low Vision
If you are raising a baby with blindness or low vision, know that you are not alone. You can connect directly with other parents like you by joining our ParentConnect support group. You can also join on Facebook HERE.