Parenting a Teenager Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

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Your child is growing up and becoming more independent. Whether your teenager has recently been diagnosed with a visual impairment or has been blind or visually impaired since birth, we'll help you confront the challenges of parenting your teen through his or her transition into adulthood. Common challenges include:

Additionally, two significant concerns of many parents of teens with visual impairments are ensuring their children are adequately preparing for college and ensuring their children are adequately preparing for work. To assist you in preparing your child for college, FamilyConnect provides the following resources:

To assist you in preparing your child for work, FamilyConnect strongly recommends its companion site AFB CareerConnect. Two great places to start exploring are:

Connect with Other Parents of Teens Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Join the FamilyConnect community and you will be able to:

  • Be a part of the FamilyFriends program that will match you with others with the same eye condition and age of child. You will be in total control of who can see your page as you must first accept their request to become friends.
  • Request e-mail alerts about events in your area or new articles relating to your interests
  • Follow a blog (such as FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice) or message board and get e-mail alerts whenever there is a new message, post, or reply.

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