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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Breakthroughs for Families with Blind Children

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Quotation: There's something for every age and eye condition.

Families raising a child who is blind or visually impaired often feel isolated: Just 1.22 percent of children under 18 experience visual impairment (Source: U.S. Department of Education Annual Report to Congress, 2013), while even fewer—just 0.6 percent—are legally blind (Source: APH Annual Report, 2012). They may have difficulty finding resources and support, experience anxiety and depression, and fear that they're not giving their children what they need to live full, independent lives.

FamilyConnect® opens doors and builds confidence. Created by AFB and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, it's a welcoming online community where parents with common needs can get together, share concerns and triumphs, and easily locate resources that support children from birth through adulthood.

Essential Information

Informative articles authored by experts and parents, links to local resources—it's all there on FamilyConnect. And it's packed with tips on everything from knowing your child's rights in the classroom to keeping up with adaptive technologies that can be a gateway to independence. Most of the content is available in Spanish and is searchable by child's age, eye condition, and geographic area.

87% of the families polled said that using the FamilyConnect website made them feel less isolated. Graphic shows one man and two women with speech bubbles.

87% of the families polled said that using the FamilyConnect website made them feel less isolated.
Source: Survey of FamilyConnect Users, 2014

Enduring Connections

"It lets us know we're not alone."

How can parents best prepare a visually impaired child for preschool, grade school, college—or the dating world? Families also can get answers from others who've been there, or who are dealing with the same challenges.

FamilyConnect's searchable blogs and message boards provide a community of knowledge and support. The discussion is always lively; these interactive features account for over half of the site's overall page views.

90% said the information on the FamilyConnect website made them more confident about raising their child. Pie chart shows 90%, next to parents holding hands, and a girl with pigtails holding a cane.

90% said the information on the FamilyConnect website made them more confident about raising their child.
Source: Survey of FamilyConnect Users, 2014

  • "I love the ability to post a message about an issue and get answers from parents who may be in a similar situation around the country!"
  • "I also really love the calendar of events—especially when seeking out conferences and camp opportunities for my daughter and my students."
  • "There's something for every age and eye condition."

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