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Resources for Parents of Blind Children

Blind Children's Center
http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org/index.php
They provide a series of booklets to parents free of charge on topics including: dealing with the feelings surrounding a diagnosis of visual impairment in a child, encouraging mobility, teaching play skills and aiding the development of language and social skills. Address: 4120 Marathon Street; Los Angeles, CA 90029;
323-664-2153

Blindness Resource Center
http://www.nyise.org/blind.htm
This site has over 200 links related to blindness and the use of computers by persons with low vision. Categories include: access to the Internet and Web, Deaf-Blindness, Research and Innovation, Vendors and much more.

Hadley School for the Blind
http://www.hadley.edu/
Hadley is a tuition-free correspondence school with a variety of courses for both parent and child education, including Reach Out and Teach, a parent-directed teaching program for young children with visual impairments. The instructors offer personalized assistance to parents and provide information about their resources. Hadley publishes the newsletter, In Touch. Address: 700 Elm Street; Winnetka, IL 60093;
800-323-4238

Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Child Development
http://www.lighthouse.org/
The Lighthouse establishes connections between families, the vision care system, special education programs, and health and education networks. These services include early childhood and preschool education, career counseling and placement, low vision services, training in the use of information technology, such as computers, adaptive skills and orientation and mobility training. Address: 11 E. 59th Street; New York, NY 10022;
800-334-5497

Institute for Families
http://www.instituteforfamilies.org/
Offers support and information to families of children who have received a diagnosis of cancer or other diseases that may impact vision. Provides multilingual consultation and direct counseling support to families at no cost after a diagnosis is made. Offers nation-wide telephone counseling service. Publishes Retinoblastoma Support News and Parent to Parent as well as the book My Fake Eye, the Story of My Prosthesis. Address: 4650 Sunset Blvd, Mail Stop 111, Los Angeles, CA 90027;
323-361-4649

National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI)
http://www.lighthouseguild.org/napvi
Offers emotional support for parents of blind or visually-impaired children. Provides information, training and assistance, and help in understanding and using available resources. The association will direct parents to a local NAPVI support group. Address: P.O. Box 317; Watertown, MA 02272;
212-769-7819




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