FamilyConnect Holiday Guide to Toys, Games, and Gadgets for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

FamilyConnect™ has a number of resources for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired who are looking for fun, accessible games and toys to give for the holidays—as well as gadgets for their teenagers!

AccessWorld Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Practical and Fun Gifts for People who are Blind or Visually ImpairedAccessWorld brings you some of the hottest items they've featured in their magazine, as well as other popular gift ideas for that special someone on your list. Happy Holidays! image of wrapped present
Calling All Gift Ideas—How is it already December...again?!? Yep, it is the holiday season, which means many of us are purchasing presents for our children with visual impairments. Emily blogs about searching high and low for the perfect gifts for her unique child and instead comes up with some options that will work, but may not be absolutely perfect. Share your ideas with other FamilyConnect parents! And also check out What Toy to Buy for My Visually Impaired Kid? from a few years back, which offers some great suggestions and helpful tips for parents who are trying to choose toys as presents for the holidays. Emily and her son, Eddie
Toy Guide—AFB collaborated with the Toy Industry Foundation for over a decade creating this guide, Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs. All of the toys are tested by dozens of children with vision loss, and we choose the ones that seem to be most popular. The guide indicates whether the toy is considered especially good for children who are blind (B) and children who have low vision (LV).
cover of Let's Play: Guide to Toys 2008
Toys R Us Differently Abled Toy Guide—For nearly two decades, Toys R Us has published the annual Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. bongos
Choosing the Best Toys for Your Blind Baby—WonderBaby offers some of their favorite toys as well as some tips on how to choose the best toys for your child. WonderBaby.org: Resources for Parents of Blind Children
Accessible Toys for Blind Children—Holiday gift giving can be a bit more challenging when trying to shop for children with blindness or low vision. Check out these ideas from Sensory Sun for accessible toys, as well as Braille Stocking Stuffers. cover of All Play toy guide
Sharing the Holidays with Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired—For those of us with a child who is visually impaired we not only have to think about organizing our families' activities for the holidays, but also how to include our visually impaired children in a way that will be enjoyable to them. As a mom of one such child, Emily happens to have a few thoughts on this very topic. Important things to remember over the holidays are keeping with tradition, teaching in the moment, adaptation, and time management. Coleman family holiday photo
Holiday Reading for Everyone!—Bookshare recommends some great titles for the holiday season and notes, "They are by no means all the holiday books in the collection; if you have a favorite and it isn't listed, please search for it. The library has many more!" Bookshare logo
Choosing Toys and Creating a Play Area for Your Child—this article outlines some of the features to look for in a toy for your infant or toddler, and describes how to set up a safe and stimulating play area for your child.
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Teaching Your Baby to Play With Toys—practical ideas about how to introduce new toys to your child, and help him learn how to play.
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A Self-Proclaimed Gadget Lover—parents of older kids may find gift ideas in this article about a gadget-loving college student teen and her dog guide

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