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The disabilities children may have in addition to blindness/visual impairment vary greatlyfrom learning disabilities to cognitive disabilities to physical conditions to medical issues. We cannot provide information on all the possible conditions, but we thought it would be useful to provide a list of service areas that families might want to look into in their home states. In addition, many of the resources listed in other parts of this website are helpful for blind/visually impaired children with multiple disabilities, so please check the other sections, especially Education Materials Resource Page, Education Information Resource Page, Helpful Books, Independent Movement and Travel, and Play, Sports, Games and Leisure Time.
Families might want to look into...
Some particularly useful resources...
Help with finding a camp; inclusion suggestions.
Music Therapy Association
Information on music therapy and finding a music therapist.
Information, resources, and materials to help parents teach and nurture their blind, visually impaired, and multiply disabled children. Publishes the VIP Newsletter.
Companions for Independence
Dogs trained to assist and enhance the independence of people with physical or developmental disabilities.
Communication devices, switches, toys, "passport to independence."
Conductive Education Association (IACEA)
System of education for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities; teaches a positive approach to learning which develops an active, independent, motivated approach to activities and problem-solving.
Lilli Nielsen Materials Books and materials created by Lilli Nielsen, internationally known teacher of blind children, especially children with delays or additional disabilities; feature Active Learning approach to stimulate development in all areas.
International (Mobility Opportunities Via Education)
Movement therapy program for people with severe disabilities to enable them to sit, stand, and walk more independently; programs throughout US and international.
Center for Music Therapy
Music therapy designed to help people with severe disabilities communicate and move more freely; programs throughout US and Europe.
American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
Information about therapeutic riding to enhance movement, posture, and communication for people with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Programs throughout the country.
for Special Children and Enabling Devices
Toys and devices for children with physical impairments.
Dedicated to enhancing the independence, productivity, inclusion, and self-determination of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities; affiliates in most states.
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