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.
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 and students. Originally written as a staff in-service 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.
For information about parent education, please see this video by the Nation Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). The organization no longer exists, but the content is good. We have provided a link here.
Stop Nature Deficit Disorder
We want our kids to get outside and experience the world! Read this article on how to help your child investigate nature. For more helpful tips on nature education, visit stopndd.org
Fun Ideas for Helping Visually-Impaired Kids Play Outside
If you or your child struggles with how to access the internet or other features of their computer, this tool might help.
American Foundation for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) – Providing products for the blind and visually impaired.
Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MPVI) – MPVI was a support group for parents who have visually impaired children. They have now dissolved, but their website still has helpful information.
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.
G.W. Micro – They offer a variety of software and hardware solutions for people who are blind and visually impaired.