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Resources for Parents and Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments.

  • Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (AER).

    4600 Duke Street,
    Suite 430,
    P.O. Box 22397,
    Alexandria, VA 22304.
    Phone: (703) 823-9690.

    • Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, parents, and houseparents of blind children; agencies, schools, and other interested in the education, guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or occupational placement of the blind and partially-sighted.
    • Cooperates with colleges and universities in conferences and workshops.
    • Presents awards, conducts certification programs, and maintains job exchange services and speakers' bureau.

  • Institute for Families of Blind Children. (NOTE: No internet website is available for this resource.)

    P.O. Box 54700,
    Mail Stop 111,
    Los Angeles, CA 90054-0700.
    Phone: (213) 669-4649.
    URL: N/A.

    • Offers support and information to families of blind children.
    • Provides direct counseling support to families at no cost after a diagnosis is made.
    • Offers a nation-wide telephone counseling service.
    • Publishes Retinoblastoma Support News and Parent to Parent as well as the books My Fake Eye, the Story of My Prosthesis and My New Glasses: A Book for Parents and Children.
    • Videos are also available.

  • Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Child Development.

    111 E. 59th Street,
    New York, NY 10022.
    Phone: (212) 821-9200.
    Toll-free: 800-829-0500.
    TDD: (212) 821-9713.

    • Develops print and audiovisual products about vision and child development for families, professionals, and the general public.
    • Establishes connections between families, the vision care system, special education programs, and health and education networks.
    • Offers individualized training programs, internships, and student training.
    • Conducts applied and theoretical research.

  • National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (napvi).

    P.O. Box 317,
    Watertown, MA 02471-0317.
    Phone: (617) 972-7441.
    Toll-free: 1-800-562-6265.

    • Offers emotional support for parents of blind or visually impaired children.
    • Provides information, training and assistance, and help in understanding and using available resources.
    • Publishes Awareness, a quarterly newsletter.

  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY).

    P.O. Box 1492,
    Washington, DC 20013-1492.
    Phone: (202) 884-8200.
    Toll-free: 1-800-695-0285.

    • Serves as a national information and referral clearinghouse on special education and disability-related issues.
    • Provides information on local, state, or national disability groups for parents and professionals.
    • Emphasizes parent group information.
    • Offers personal responses to public inquiries.
    • Provides prepackaged information to frequently asked questions.
    • Publishes News Digest and Transition Summary, reports on current practices that assist people with disabilities.
    • Gives technical assistance to parent and professional groups.

  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

    1920 Association Drive,
    Reston, VA 20191.
    Toll-free: 1-800-328-0272 (Voice / TTY).

    • Provides resources to educators of children who have disabilities and/or are gifted.
    • Offers information from the ERIC database of educational materials, answers to general questions about disabilities and gifted education, and referrals to other organizations with information on disabilities or giftedness.
    • Distributes special searches available for teachers of blind and deaf-blind students.
    • One of 16 federally-funded clearinghouses in the ERIC system, a nationwide information network sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, National Library of Education.

  • Low Vision Gateway.


    • Provides information and resources for people with low vision and their families.
    • Contains links to information on low vision specialists, low vision aids, organizations that provide support and assistance, and resources for parents and teachers.
    • Sponsored by The Internet Low Vision Society and the Low Vision Centers of Indiana.

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