Resources

A link to the Michigan Department of Education- Low Incidence Outreach program. MDE-LIO provides more links to resources for parents and teachers to help their child learn with adaptive technology and specialized lessons.

MDE-LIO Family Support

For camps who are unfamiliar with including a visually impaired or blind child into their program, Gwen Botting, Executive Director of Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind, and her son, Greg Botting, a recent college graduate, have published a guide to understanding how to help a child with visual disabilities have a great camp experience. Parents and camp professionals are welcome to use this document to improve outcomes for their campers. Originally written as a staff inservice for a camp for children with disabilities but not necessarily visual disabilities, the guide will help anyone wanting to produce a more inclusive program, or parents wanting to provide a resource guide for a camp their child is attending. Please use this link for a downloadable document.

Camper Inclusion Guidelines

For information about parent education, please see this video by the Nation Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). We have provided a link here.

NAPVI Parent Education Video

If you or your child struggles with how to access the internet or other features of their computer, this tool might help.

Internet Accessibility Guide

American Foundation for the Blind

www.afb.org    

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) – Providing products for the blind and visually impaired.

 www.aph.org 

Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MPVI) – MPVI is a support group for parents who have visually impaired children.

 www.mpviweb.org 

Freedom Scientific (commonly referred to as FS) – This company sells screen readers and magnification software, Braille note takers, embossers and displays, Scanning and reading software/ hardware, and learning systems software.

 www.freedomscientific.com/

G.W. Micro – They offer a variety of software and hardware solutions for people who are blind and visually impaired.  

 www.gwmicro.com