Blogs

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.

  • Blind Young Adult Shares What Led to Her Preparedness for Adulthood
    by Shannon Carollo on 2/20/2018

    No matter the age of your child who is blind or visually impaired, I know you’re utilizing FamilyConnect because you are committed to preparing your son or daughter for a successful future. It’s why you read our resources such as preparing your child with multiple disabilities for his future, planning for the future as a homeschooling family, and preparing for service changes after high school. In thinking about additional beneficial resources to provide you, I realized the enormous value gained from listening to the wisdom of a young adult who is

  • Adapting a Rubik’s Cube for an Individual Who Is Blind or Deaf-Blind
    by AFB Staff on 2/12/2018

    Editor’s note: Today's post is from guest blogger Kristen Sharpless. Kristen has her bachelors in American Sign Language/English interpreting and is pursuing her master’s degree in Vision Rehab Therapy and a certification in orientation and mobility. She is extremely passionate about working with individuals who are deaf-blind. Kristen shares how to adapt a Rubik’s cube for an individual who is deaf-blind or visually impaired. Adapting a Rubik’s Cube By Kristen Sharpless When I was in elementary school, I checked out my first two books from the library. The first book was titled My First Book of Sign Language, and the second book, unbeknownst to me at the time, would spark a flame that would continue to burn until this very day, 20 plus years

  • For the Love of Cellphones: Are There Any Reasons Teens Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Can Benefit from a Cellphone?
    by Samantha Kelly on 2/7/2018

    Chances are your child who is blind or visually impaired is already asking for a cellphone. Somehow the tablets and computers are not enough to quench their desire for technology! As a parent, I try to limit my children’s screen time, yet I know technology plays a significant role in the social lives of youth and adults. Each family has to decide if and when the right time is to introduce a cellphone, as there are certainly safety and responsibility issues that must be addressed. It’s wise, however, to consider if and when the benefits of a visually impaired teen owning a personal cellphone outweigh the risks. Reasons for Buying Your Visually Impaired


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.

  • Pros and Cons of Labeling Our Kids Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Emily Coleman on 2/14/2018

    When Eddie was first diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and given the label blind, it was something we could grasp. We didn’t know what his future would be like or what additional needs he’d have, but we knew that the word blind was now part of his identity. It seemed easily explained and a go-to excuse for many of his challenges. This proved to be dangerous. When Eddie was in second grade, I think, he received an updated functional vision evaluation, and his

  • Marriage and Raising a Child Who Is Blind
    by Emily Coleman on 1/31/2018

    James and I recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary, and my sister shared this photo of us smiling widely from the back of a limo. I look at that young couple and the life they envisioned in their mind... and laugh at how far it drifted from their original course. We were so young and so sure of our plans. When Eddie was born, three and a half years into our marriage, we learned that we don’t actually get to make all the decisions. This unpredictable course brought forth many challenges that not all relationships will survive. Those without these special kids may wonder

  • Pushing Limits and Stepping Back
    by Emily Coleman on 1/18/2018

    Eddie wakes up everyday asking what is going to happen next. He likes a schedule, prefers to stick to it, and adding something new can make him uneasy. Children who are blind can be unsure about new experiences. Being unable to predict what will be expected and unsure if they will be successful can be scary. However, we keep pushing him so that his experiences broaden and his ability to participate in life expands. Because Eddie isn’t an only child, he is often asked to attend events to support his sisters. These include games, band concerts, girl scout functions, and more. He isn’t


Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind


AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.


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.