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Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Your Son or Daughter with a Visual Impairment

This time each year we celebrate the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each yearis that really necessary? YES! The ADA is the United States of America’s first comprehensive civil rights law protecting people with disabilities from discrimination. I know you’d agreethat can’t be over-celebrated! Provisions of the ADA And just what


Happy Anniversary to IDEA Part C: Early Intervention! #babyIDEAis30

This week AFB FamilyConnect is joining the Office of Special Education Programs to celebrate 30 years of Public Law 99-547, which established Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Won’t you join us in celebrating 30 years of early intervention services to children ages birth to three? Show your support of early intervention (EI) services by letting the world know how it has affected the life of your


Do Students Who Are Blind or Low Vision Face a Digital Gap?

We read a recent news article in the Salt Lake Tribune highlighting “just how difficult it can be for disabled parents, students and others to access school websites and curriculum available to their peers,” in part because American schools still are awaiting specific guidance from the Department of Justice to take effect six years since DOJ announced its intentions to issue regulations on website and computer access for disabled people. You can read more about the


A Celebration of 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a Call to Action

Twenty-six years ago President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is one of civil protection to Americans with health issues, military combat injuries, and disabilities alike. ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for said persons in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, telecommunication, commercial facilities, and transportation. Now your child should not encounter barriers to enjoying community playgrounds,


Seeking Family Members for a Focus Group Study on Unified English Braille eLearning Platform

Editor's note: This is the second blog entry that both informs and requests the assistance of families in answering important questions that impact all who use braille. Please help Holly Lawson and Kathryn Botsford with this effort. Unified English Braille (UEB) is almost here... Braille is getting a makeover. In January 2016, students, adult consumers, their teachers, and their families will be starting to learn changes to the braille code with the United State’s adoption of the Unified English Braille (UEB) code. UEB Prep At Portland State University (PSU) we realize that not everyone learns best


Unified English Braille (UEB) Is Almost Here...

Editor's Note: Braille is important to everyone who is blind as it provides tactile access to the written word. Holly and Kathryn want you to be aware of the upcoming changes to the braille code, and also assist them by participating in a discussion of families learning braille through online courses. You may have heard that the braille code, the tactile system used by people with visual impairments to access print, is getting a makeover. In January 2016, blind adults, students, their teachers, and their families will be starting to learn changes to the braille code with which


Make a Call, Make a Difference: National Macy Act Call-In Day on June 27th!

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." - Helen Keller Among the hundreds of hats worn by parents of students with visual impairment, the "advocate" cap can certainly seem like an overwhelming one. However, advocacy may be less overwhelming when you realize that speaking up and making a difference is something parents do naturally. Advocating at the state and national level is just an extension of the good work you're doing every day, and as Helen described even one person's actions are worthy and worthwhile. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has launched a national campaign


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