FamilyConnect hosts a variety of blogs written by parents who are raising children who are blind or visually impaired. Names on some blogs may have been changed to protect individuals' privacy.
- My Child with Multiple Disabilities Shares His Ability at Church
by Amanda Bowdoin on 1/18/2017
As parents of children with special needs, we often feel the need to miss out on daily outside activities, and over time, we may feel that church-going is not a priority. Some families feel like they're not welcomed at church or that there aren't enough (or any activities) for their child. We have felt the same way over the years. No, that didn't stop us from going, but it does make you wonder, "how are they accommodating for our son?" When we started looking for a new home church, we found what we were looking for at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Everyone there has always been welcoming, thoughtful, and willing to pray for our son from the time he was born. We have made new friends and our son JD, who was born deaf-blind with…
- Winter Weather Orientation and Mobility (Oh My!) for Children and Teens with Visual Impairments
by Shannon Carollo on 1/17/2017
Now I don’t know where you live, but I am freezing here in Delaware and most certainly have winter weather on the brain! This morning, in fact, my kiddos and I definitely should have worn hats and gloves to the bus stop, but gloves in particular seem to be ever-missing in this home. One trip to the Target dollar section later, and I am well stocked on woodland animal beanies and cotton gloves. Tomorrow morning we’ll be prepared. Bring it on, winter! Well, actually…go easy. Please, I’m begging you, go easy. In thinking about preparing for winter, it occurred to me that we should discuss cold weather preparations and skills…
- A Thankful Mom: Nancy's Story of Raising Her Son Who Is Visually Impaired
by Alicia Wolfe on 1/11/2017
I recently had coffee with the mom of one of my former students (Jake). You may remember reading about Jake in July when AFB celebrated his graduation from high school and acceptance into college. I know firsthand Jake's success was in large part due to his unique character as a person, but his attributes of determination and optimism are traits his parents modeled for and instilled in him. Having worked with Jake's parents for many years, I thought I knew what their life was like as parents of a child who is visually impaired.…
- Autism Awareness Month: The Child Versus the Label
by Emily Coleman on 4/4/2016
Many children who are visually impaired are also diagnosed with autism, including my son Eddie. For Eddie, it was simply because his blindness alone could not explain his developmental delays...and we needed more answers. When he was given the “label” of autism at five, it seemed the best explanation for concerns that could not be explained otherwise. After the diagnosis, we were met with questions and concerns from educators in the field of blindness. Is he really autistic? Are you sure it isn't just…
- The Understanding of a Sibling
by Emily Coleman on 12/31/2015
The other morning I woke up with my 7-year-old in bed with me (which happens sometimes) and we were listening to Eddie down the hall. He typically wakes up and immediately turns on his bedside radio, which is how we know he’s up. As we lay there quietly, my daughter started peppering me with questions about her brother who is blind. CC asked, “Mom, why does Eddie like to listen to the radio?” I replied, “It’s a little bit like when you binge watch “Monsters High” on Netflix. He enjoys listening to music, and he can do it all day long.” CC said, “But he doesn’t listen to just music,…
- Quality Eddie Time
by Emily Coleman on 11/25/2015
Eddie with a toy bird in a cage While Eddie’s sisters were attending a volleyball camp recently, Eddie and I had a rare opportunity to spend a few hours alone. Although I had plenty of errands to run, and things to do, I decided to take it slow and operate on Eddie time. We began by visiting my sister and her fiancé and then had lunch with James, Eddie’s Dad. Eddie was in a great mood, enjoying being the center of attention for a change. (His younger sister usually steals the show.) After lunch, we still had two hours to spare. I gave him many options and our conversation went a little like this: “Do you want to go to the…
Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind
- Celebrating Louis Braille's Birthday and AFB's Commitment to Braille Literacy
by Elizabeth Neal on 1/2/2017
- Helen Keller on Trying to Make the World 'A Little More As I Want It'
by Helen Selsdon on 12/30/2016
- Looking Forward: Join Us in Expanding Possibilities for People with Vision Loss
by Kirk Adams on 12/19/2016
- How Can LinkedIn Benefit the Visually Impaired Job Seeker?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/17/2017
- Is Braille Useful on the Job?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/12/2017
- Who Can Assist Me with Developing a Resume?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/10/2017
- New Research: Ebola Survivors Have Ongoing Risk of Eye Disease, Even When the Initial Outbreak Has Concluded
by Maureen Duffy on 1/16/2017
- New Glaucoma Research from the United Kingdom: Could a Glaucoma Treatment also Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
by Maureen Duffy on 1/10/2017
- January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: Learn More About Glaucoma and Current Treatments
by Maureen Duffy on 1/3/2017
- My Experience Using the LinkedIn Website and App
by Empish J. Thomas on 1/19/2017
- Review of "How Do You Do It Blind: Answers from People with Blindness and Visual Impairment"
by Lynda Jones on 1/17/2017
- Keeping Your Balance Through Outdoor Bike Riding
by Beckie Horter on 1/12/2017