Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
When a child has a visual impairment, learning and development may need to be helped along the way. Intervention, encouragement, and special educational planning therefore become an essential part of the school years. Often, children require some training and instruction from teachers who specialize in working with blind and visually impaired students. Your child might also need certain accommodations and arrangements, like books or materials in a format like braille, or a seat near the front of the class, in order to participate fully in the classroom and extracurricular activities. Learn more here about the educational process—and your child's rights.
- What early intervention services are available for young children with visual impairments?
- What is an "individualized family service plan" (IFSP) for babies who are blind or have low vision?
- What is the most appropriate placement for blind school children? Learn about state schools for the blind, resource rooms within public school districts, itinerant teachers, and more.
- What are the steps involved in writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children who are blind or visually impaired?
- What should I do to prepare before an IEP meeting?
- IEPs and 504 plans—what's the difference, and which is most appropriate for my child?
- What is "incidental learning"?
- What do parents of blind children need to know about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
- What kind of assessments are generally conducted for students who are blind or visually impaired?
- What if my child has not been assigned a teacher of students with visual impairments?
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