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.

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.

  • Understanding and Advocating for the Expanded Core Curriculum
    by Shannon Carollo on 7/30/2018

    Imagine with me you’re looking into the future of your son (or daughter) who is blind or visually impaired. He’s in his early twenties and nearing the completion of his first year of employment. It isn’t his dream job, but hey, one must start somewhere. He lives downtown in an up-and-coming area, about two blocks from a bus stop, and shares a home with two friends. You had been sweating about his life post-nest, but he’s actually doing quite well. When we look toward the future, it’s easy to see that while math and the rest of the core curriculum are necessities, equally so (and arguably more so) are the areas of the expanded core curriculum, which teach children who are

  • Equipping Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired with Outdoor Activity Skills
    by Shannon Carollo on 4/23/2018

    Hearing shrieks of laughter and commotion outside, Jane peeked through the blinds. Ah, the neighborhood kids are playing soccer on the Biggs’ front yard. New to the street, she didn’t yet know the ages of all the children, but they looked to be between five and eight years old, similar in age to her Theo. She wondered, as she had many times before, if Theo would fit in with his peers who had typical vision. If only he could play soccer, this would be the perfect opportunity to foster friendship. As you may already know, Theo and others who are blind or visually impaired can indeed play soccer or other outdoor activities. With thoughtful preparation of accessible equipment and providing instruction in the movements, rules, and nuances of games, outdoor activities can be

  • Empowered to Work with Your Visually Impaired Child’s Medical Professionals
    by Shannon Carollo on 4/16/2018

    You + your child’s ophthalmologist + the pediatrician + any necessary therapists + medical specialists who manage any chronic or acute problems = your child’s robust medical professional team. You are a key member. Yet, it isn’t uncommon for parents to feel void of expertise and, therefore, to take a passive role or back seat in medical evaluations and interventions. I’m here to remind you that your child and his or her medical personnel need you, whether or not the need is acknowledged, as you are the expert on your child and the voice for your (young or nonverbal) child. The team needs you to remain informed, to advocate for your child’s needs, and oftentimes to educate them about blindness or a visual impairment. Remain Informed If

Raising a Child Who Is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.

  • Emily and Eddie at TSBVI!
    by Emily Coleman on 11/11/2019

    Many parents of children who are blind end up becoming teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) or orientation and mobility specialists. As our children grow, we acquire greater insight into the complexity of their needs, and become intrigued by the work of their experts. I became a TVI when Eddie was six years old and it was the best decision I ever made. An initial challenge for me was that living in a small town and becoming a TVI meant becoming Eddies TVI. Even if I felt I could switch between mom and teacher, I think others really just perceived me as mom. This changed the way conversations were framed and

  • Families Learning with Families 2019
    by Emily Coleman on 9/25/2019

    Earlier this summer, I was invited back to the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind (MSDB). All of our children were born in Montana. It was the state where we learned how to parent, how to love unconditionally, and how to raise a child who is blind. Our first trip to MSDB happened when Eddie was almost one-year-old and we went many times after. As we moved to Washington and then Texas, MSDB was gracious enough to bring me back to share our story. For me, it is very much like coming home. Now that we live in Texas, I arrived at the event without my family for the first time ever. As my youngest said on my way out the door, How

  • You Look Tired
    by Emily Coleman on 6/18/2019

    If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you’ve likely heard the statement “You look tired” many times. Maybe it’s at the end of the work day, or perhaps right when you walk through the door. Although you may have received the best night of sleep in weeks, you still can come across as a person who is chronically tired. This winter, we spent a total of fourteen nights in a hospital over the span of five different stays. Due to my son’s diagnosis, he has medication complications that have rarely caused him to be hospitalized until now. I had forgotten what a couple sleepless nights in a row can do to a person. We were

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

VisionAware Blog

Timely news and interviews relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in medical research.

Visually Impaired: Now What?

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.