Technology is everywhere in today's society—from the computer you are using to visit the FamilyConnect web site to the debit card you used at the grocery store this morning, to the remote you click to change channels on your television. Your child who is visually impaired will use technology in all facets of her life. Sometimes it will be the everyday technology that all people use, sometimes it will be assistive technology, and sometimes the two will overlap.
As your child grows, her technology needs will change. At the same time, the technology available to her will be changing as well. To help your child make the best use of both global and assistive technology to maximize her independence, you will need to know about these ever-changing options.
The American Foundation for the Blind and the National Association
for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments would like to thank
the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc. and the Conrad N. Hilton
Foundation for their generous support as charter sponsors of
FamilyConnect. We are also grateful to The Annie E. Casey
Foundation and Morgan Stanley for their support.