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Introduction

Beyond the bare bones of the statistics, who are these children? What are their needs? What are the needs of their parents? What resources are available to them? And, finally, does the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and its parents division the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children have a role to play in meeting those needs, and if so, what is it?

Those were the questions I pondered as I selected and assembled together the articles in this issue. The questions are not answered in full, and the material often raises new ones. The profiles of the children cover many, but by no means all, of the different needs and potentials experienced by this population. Nevertheless, I think the reader will find this issue a useful resource, an inspiration, and a tool for expanding our knowledge, understanding, and compassion of and for blind multiply handicapped children.

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