American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Special Issue: Early Childhood

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ODDS AND ENDS

PARENTING RESOURCES

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
https://nfb.org/nopbc
Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information. NOPBC has about three thousand members in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. As a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), NOPBC draws upon the resources and expertise of thousands of blind adults who can serve as mentors and role models for blind children. The NOPBC website provides a list of contacts state by state.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
www.hadley.edu
700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Contact: 800-323-4238
info@hadley.edu
The Hadley Institute offers free distance education courses for parents of blind children. "Early Independence" presents information on orientation and mobility, daily living skills, and social skills for parents of children who are developmentally between ages three and six. "Finding Your Way" helps parents select games and activities that reinforce the O&M skills children learn in elementary school. "Parenting Children with Multiple Disabilities" is designed for family members of children with visual impairment who have one or more additional disabilities. It offers ways to promote learning at home, in school, and in the community. Course materials are sent in the medium of choice: Braille, audio, large print, or online.

Wonderbaby
www.wonderbaby.org
Contact: help@wonderbaby.org
Wonderbaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairment as well as parents of children with multiple disabilities. The website contains links to a vast selection of articles on such topics as adoption, advocacy, communication, feeding and eating, sensory activities, sleep solutions, and much more. The site is frequently updated with ideas for accessible games and projects.

TOYS AND GAMES

Good Toys for Blind Kids
https://nfb.org/nopbc-good-toys-blind-kids
With little or no adaptation, blind children can play with many of the standard toys found at a regular toy store. This list is made up of recommendations by parents who suggested mainstream toys their children enjoy. The age categories are those suggested by the parents, and do not always coincide with those given by the manufacturers.

NFB Independence Market
https://nfb.org/independence-market
Contact: Ellen Ringlein, 410-659-9314
The NFB Independence Market offers a number of games and educational toys for children ages three and up. These include Shut the Box, Tactile Turn-a-Cube Puzzle, and the Beeper Box, a device that can be used in games and O&M activities.

Fat Brain Toys
https://www.fatbraintoys.com
Contact: 800-590-5987
This company specializes in toys appropriate for children with neurological conditions. Most of the toys offered here can be enjoyed by blind children, including those with additional disabilities.

Future Aids: Braille Superstore
www.braillebookstore.com/toy-department
33222 Lynn Ave.
Abbottsford, BC, v2s 1c9
Contact: 800-987-1231
The Braille Superstore sells a variety of print/Braille flash cards, audible balls, and Braille puzzles.

Perkins School for the Blind
www.perkinselearning.org/scout/toys-play-young-children-visual-impairments
This site lists a variety of articles and other resources on toys and play for young blind and low-vision children.

National Lekotek
www.lekotek.org
Lekotek centers offer therapeutic play-based family sessions for children with disabilities, structured to help children learn and thrive in a world that presents them with many complex challenges. Lekotek centers around the United States offer toy lending libraries, toy evaluations and ratings, and more.

AblePlay
www.ableplay.org
An offshoot of the National Lekotek Center, AblePlay reviews toys on the basis of their accessibility for children with disabilities.

International Accessible Playground Directory
https://www.accessibleplayground.net/playground-directory
Contact: info@accessibleplayground.net
This site lists approximately 1,200 playgrounds designed to be accessible to children with mobility impairments, sensory integration disorders, and other disabilities. Visitors are encouraged to share information about playgrounds they have visited.  

READING

Just Enough to Know Better: UEB
by Eileen Curran
National Braille Press
www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/JETKB-UEB.html
Now in a new, revised UEB edition, this primer is for parents who want to know enough Braille to help their blind son or daughter learn to read. It's fun ... it's easy ... it's a self-paced workbook that teaches you just enough Braille to know better.

ReadBooks! Because Braille Matters
National Braille Press
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/programs/readbooks/readbooks.html
ReadBooks! is a national children's Braille literacy program that encourages families with blind children to read books together. National Braille Press distributes attractive Braille book bags to families with blind and visually-impaired children, ages birth to seven, across the United States and Canada. The program strives to foster a love of books at an early age, to support families of preschool blind children and help them spread the word that Braille is an effective method for reading and writing, and to promote an early expectation of personal achievement through literacy. Each book bag contains an age-appropriate print/Braille book in English or Spanish, print/Braille alphabet card, a tactile graphic or flag, a copy of the pamphlet Because Books Matter, and other age-appropriate items.

BRAILLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Braille children's books can be obtained from many sources. Here are some of the possibilities.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
https://actionfund.org/kenneth-jernigan-library

American Printing House for the Blind
www.aph.org
800-223-1839
Braille children's books for purchase

Bookshare
www.bookshare.org
Online collection of 500,000 titles for all ages that can be downloaded to a computer or Braille device

Braille Library and Transcribing Services, Inc.
www.bltsinc.org
517 Segoe Rd, #200
Madison, WI 53705
608-233-0222
Free lending library, books for purchase, and transcription service

Braille Superstore
www.braillebookstore.com
800-987-1231
Braille books for purchase

National Braille Press
www.nbp.org
800-548-7323
Braille children's books for purchase; sponsors Children's Braille Book of the Month Club and Great Expectations series

National Library Service
www.loc.gov/nls
800-453-4293
Extensive lending library of Braille and recorded books for all ages, including hundreds of print/Braille titles

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
www.seedlings.org
P.O. Box 5924
Livonia, MI 48151
800-777-8552
Braille books for purchase, from board books to young-adult novels; the Angel Program provides two free titles per year

Temple Beth-el Sisterhood Braille Bindery
https://www.freebraillebooks.org/
7400 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Contact: Earl Remer, 248-851-1100
Free Braille titles for children grades K-6; appreciates donations of money or Braille paper

Xavier Society for the Blind
www.xaviersocietyfortheblind.org
248 W. 35th St.
New York, NY 10001
212-473-7800

National Catholic lending library, with books for loan or purchase

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