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Parents of Blind Children - NJ

Parents of Blind Children-NJ began in 1991 in the home of one of our founding members. Six families decided that evening to try to help other families learn what they needed to know to create opportunities for their blind and visually impaired children and to help them learn and grow.

Here is a sampling of what POBC-NJ offers:

A positive attitude toward blindness and the abilities of blind people
Emotional support, training, and advocacy for families with blind/VI children
Information and referrals on the education and development of blind children
Networking and contact with other families and with blind adults
Newsletter with practical tips and information on issues affecting the lives of blind children and their families
Annual Seminar for parents and teachers with topics such as education, social skills, blind children with additional disabilities, and many more
"What's Available" Display and Resource List of materials and equipment
Social and educational events for blind children and their families
A voice on state boards and councils which affect the lives of blind children

Some of our recent activities and initiatives include:

The Blind Children's Resource Center website
Working with NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired to improve education services for blind/VI children
Training for classroom teachers who will have a blind student in class
Participation in ongoing national effort to ensure high quality braille textbooks that are ready in time for school
Participation in development of statewide cane travel mentoring program based on the Discovery Method of Orientation & Mobility

We have become a very active organization with a high profile:

When Parade magazine was looking for a blind child to feature in a story, they searched their database and found POBC-NJ.
When the NY Times and the Star Ledger wanted to speak to parents about services for blind children, they called POBC-NJ.

POBC-NJ works toward creating a climate of opportunity for blind children at home, in school, and in the community. POBC-NJ is an affiliate of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, NOPBC.

To contact us, call 973-377-0976 or e-mail us at

If you would like to support our work with a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to POBC-NJ and mail to:

23 Alexander Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940.

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