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Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Updates and resources for parents of blind children; ideas for activities, crafts, development and education.
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Top 10 iPad & iOS7 Accessibility Features

Top 10 iPad & iOS7 Accessibility Features | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Apple's iPad and other iOS7 devices (like the iPhone and iPod Touch) are supposed to be very accessible for kids with special needs, but you might need help setting them up so your child can use them properly.
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Hot Air Balloon Wheelchair Costume

Hot Air Balloon Wheelchair Costume | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Here's a fun idea for Halloween - how about transforming your child's wheelchair into a hot air balloon? All you need is some foam board and cardboard strips to make your basket!
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EDA Play App Review

EDA Play App Review | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

EDA Play is an app designed to enhance your child's visual and fine motor skills through 4 levels of play. The best part about this app is that it is completely customizable to your child's needs.

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adapted innovation: 4 Reasons to Consider Donating Your iPad to A Child with Special Needs

adapted innovation: 4 Reasons to Consider Donating Your iPad to A Child with Special Needs | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
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Surf Camp for Blind Kids

Surf Camp for Blind Kids | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Indo Jax Surf School's Visually Impaired Summer Camp takes place at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina for a week each July.The camp gets bigger every year and includes sighted siblings as well.
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The Best Accesible Toys for Teaching Basic Math Concepts

The Best Accesible Toys for Teaching Basic Math Concepts | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Our favorite accessible math and number toys for teaching numbers, counting and one-to-one correspondence to blind and visually impaired children.
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Best vacation spots for families with special-needs children

Best vacation spots for families with special-needs children | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
So much preparation is required that getting out of the house, reaching your destination successfully and still managing to have a good time could be considered a small miracle. Some places make it a lot easier.
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Echolocation for Blind Children

Echolocation for Blind Children | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Echolocation is the use of sounds to gain information about the environment and surrounding objects. Blind kids can learn to use echolocation to augment traditional orientation and mobility!
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Braille Resource Packet for Parents of Young Children

Braille Resource Packet for Parents of Young Children | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
This is a collection of articles, book ideas, instructions and activities for parents who want to teach early literacy and braille skills to their young children who are blind.
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iPad Curriculum for Children with Visual Impairments

iPad Curriculum for Children with Visual Impairments | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Junior Blind of America's Infant & Early Childhood Program has been using iPads as part of its curriculum in order to study how children with CVI or low vision respond to iPad apps. The results are in and they are very encouraging!
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adapted innovation: Learning Play Skills with the iPad: A Guest Post by Wonderbaby's Amber Bobnar

adapted innovation: Learning Play Skills with the iPad: A Guest Post by Wonderbaby's Amber Bobnar | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

How to use simple iPad games to teach your visually impaired child about competitive play.

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Literacy Made Accessible!

Literacy Made Accessible! | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

Connor and Finley are two kids who are learning to read using the free services from Bookshare. They get free accessible books that they can access through their iPads.

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the independent little bee...: Object Calendar Binder

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How to make an object calendar binder from the Independent Little Bee. Actually pretty easy to do and the possibilities are endless!

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Bright Colors, Bright Future

What you need to know is that Adam is an artist. He creates bright, dynamic paintings full of color and activity. What's interesting to note is that Adam is also blind and has Sturge-Weber Syndrome. But does he let that define him?
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Positive Exposure: Photography & Uplifting Stories

Positive Exposure: Photography & Uplifting Stories | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
POSITIVE EXPOSURE, founded in 1997 by former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti and Diane McLean, MD, PhD, MPH, is a highly innovative arts organization working with individuals living with genetic difference.
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adapted innovation: iOS Apps: Getting the Most Out of Guided Access for Users with Physical and Visual Impairments

adapted innovation: iOS Apps: Getting the Most Out of Guided Access for Users with Physical and Visual Impairments | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

A quick tutorial on using "guided access" with the iPad to help visually impaired kids access apps.

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Julie Ann Johnson's comment, August 1, 2013 8:19 PM
Thanks for the share, Amber. I was happy to find a way for more kids to be able to access some great apps!
Amber Bobnar's comment, August 1, 2013 8:36 PM
I've never used Guided Access but I think I will now! Thanks for posting about it!
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How to Make an Accessible Playground

How to Make an Accessible Playground | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Liam's mom shows you step-by-step how she created the perfect accessible outdoor play space for her deaf-blind son!
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Fashion and Universal Design: A Timepiece for Everyone

Fashion and Universal Design: A Timepiece for Everyone | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
The founder and CEO of Eone, Hyungsoo Kim, sends me an email. He’s going to be in Boston and would like to visit the Press. He has invented a universal wristwatch called The Bradley. I open the lin...
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Diane Croft from NBP explains that it's not necessarily the function but the design of this new watch for visually impaired users that makes it stand out.

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Bebot App Review

Bebot App Review | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Bebot is a simple sound cause and effect app that makes funny synth robot sounds. Touch the screen and make the robot sing!
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"Just One!" The Beginnings of One-to-One Correspondence

"Just One!" The Beginnings of One-to-One Correspondence | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Many people think of learning to count as the basic, beginning math skill to teach to children. Even before a child can learn to count, he must master the pre-math concept of one-to-one correspondence.
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This is a great idea for teaching counting childwith with multisensory needs

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Finding Online Support Groups for Parents of Blind Kids

Finding Online Support Groups for Parents of Blind Kids | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Finding an online support group can be a life line for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired. Here are tips on how to find the best support group for you!
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Amazon's Kindle App More Accessible

Amazon's Kindle App More Accessible | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Amazon recently announced that they are adding features to their Kindle eReader apps that will make them more accessible to blind users.
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eTouchSciences

eTouchSciences | Parenting Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Using a haptic device (ie an electronic device that incorporates touch), students can interact with three dimensional objects that are displayed on the computer screen in a way that allows them to learn as they've never learned before.
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