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LAWS FOR BLIND PARENTS

Hello. I'm a concerned friend of a recently single, unemployed, completely blind mother of a 1 year old. I am currently watching her baby. But I wonder, does the law allow her to live alone with her baby? I know it is extremely difficult for her, but she wants to be with her baby. If child services knew about her situation would they take her baby without reason? Please reply with any info on this subject.

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I think you should contact someone from child services or look it up on the internet.
I'm sorry If this doesn't work.
I am trying to help as much as I can.


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My father was blind and raised me by himself. Unemployed. He helped me with my homework, cooked me dinner every night, took me trick or treating, let me have sleepovers. I just graduated college with a BA in Classics and English Summa Cum Laude, and am currently applying to Harvard for a PhD Program. Blindness by itself is not a tragedy and does not impede parents whatsoever. If there are other disabilities, that is a different matter. I do not wish to seem rude, but as someone who slowly becoming totally blind and looking forward to being a mother, I am offended that a simple lack of sight might separate a mother and child, and, more than that, that people would support this decision.


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So, what laws are in place for blind parents. It's dangerous for blind parents to sign print papers; you never know what you're signing. Are the schools required to provide braille transcription services. Is there an organization I can contact for blind parent of sighted children. Blind parents want to be involved in their child's education, but the books are not in braille. Can this service be provided? If there are no laws in place, how can one approach the government to make some?


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Ok, I am a little upset that people would think these kinds of things. I understand that not knowing is a disability in its self, but not an excuse. I am a blind parent of two children that are 11 months apart. Some times I wish I had a little more help when they were little, but i did just fine. There were people who thought i shouldn't have my children, but, never had them taking away. Don't think that people didn't try. So, No, is the answer to your question. If you really want to help your friend, take her in to her house and help her baby proof it. That will be the only help she needs. We might not have any vission, but, that never stopped me nor did it stop many of my single blind friends who have children. I am also inroled in college, my kids are 5 and 6 years old now, they do at times take atvantedge of me, but what child doesn't. It's not a blind thing, it's a parenting thing.


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I am the only child of two completely blind parents. My parents have accomplished things I have not been able to. For example my mother was a champion water skier and horseback rider; she is currently a writer and enjoys musical instruments. My father graduated magna cum laude from a very well known southern university, and went on to work for the IRS and retired from a twenty five year position as a computer programmer. Have you done all of those things? I always knew my parents were blind and this instilled a sense of responsibility from an early age which came naturally. To suggest that there should be laws prohibiting people who are blind from being parents stems from ignorance. People who are blind are very capable of leading normal lives, part of which, for many is becoming a parent. Parenting is hard period. Being a blind parent, all be it challenging, is not impossible. I have never broken a leg, gotten stung by a bee, or any of the normal accidents children encounter because my parents kept a close eye on me even if they couldn't see me. They made me meals, made me brush my teeth and administered medicine when I was sick. My daddy even put my hair in a pony tail everyday and taught me how to tie my shoes. My parents are my ultimate role models. There were instances when I was younger where concerned neighbors and such tried to have me removed from the "dangerous" situation. However they never succeeded. I grew up in a safe home, with no domestic violence, alcoholism, drug use or anything of the sort which is more physically and emotionally damaging than having parents with a disability. In fact I am one of the few people I know who's parents are still together. I applaud parents who are blind and commend them for a job well done. I thank my parents everyday for the gift of life and the opportunity they have given me to make a difference in the way the world sees people who are blind.
In regards to the original question, the suggestion to help baby proof her house is a very good one. Independence is key. Your friend may find it beneficial to label different things with brailed labels, done with the use of a braille label maker. She also needs a positive support system within the community. She needs to be surrounded by people who believe in her and her ability to be a good parent. Whenever you have an issue in life you find a way to overcome it. As for blind parents not being able to read documents they sign, there are advances in technology every day. A simple solution to this is using a computer with scanner and speech reading software. You would simply scan the document into a computer and it will be read to you. This is just one solution to the issue raised, and there are many more. As for the question about schoolwork, the scanner option would work for this as well.
My suggestion to anyone who thinks there should be laws against people who are blind being parents, which to my knowledge there are none, is to educate yourself. It is easy to look into someone else’s life and assume you understand how "dangerous" or "unpractical" it is. However until you open your mind and understand that blind people are in many cases more "normal" than other people stereotypes will prevail.


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This is to the person that left the message before this one that I am writing now. Thank you! Thank you! I understand very much so, what it is like being a blind parent and though it is chalenging at times, it's not impossible. My older son is currently in school and I read all of his home work, school notes from the teacher, and If for some reason, my computer isn't working he reads it to me. I tought my son to read, write, brush his teeth, do his hair, and how to help me shopin the store if I need it. Although I am blind, I am not ashaimed to ask for help. I do all the things sighted people can do except drive, glad that I don't, think of the money I save on gas, insurence, and car payments. LOL. Please I would love to chat with you some time if you would like. My e/mail is marandas09@gmail.com. And if any one would like to comment ferther on this post or any above, please e/mail me. I am not disable, I am strong, smart, independent, and work very hard for I have and what I want to have. I don't feel sorry for her friend because she is blind with a child, I feel sorry for the friend that left this type of post because she is uneducated in the world and what is around her.


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There are lots of children's books, including many for very young children, on www.bookshare.org. Many blind parents download the braille format of these books and read them to their little ones. Similarly, blind parents can often find accessible copies of the textbooks their children are using in school at the same site.


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this is for maggie1016 please contact me I would love to chat with you in regards to your parents amazing acomplishments

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hi meggie1016, I too would love to talk with you. I can be reached at rubyrue@socal.rr.com.
to all others, I would love to here from anyone else raised by at least on blind parent. I am also looking for all blind parents. I just posted this on another thred, but thaught I would post it here to. I have several reasons for looking for blind parents, but one of them is to start a database of us who are blind and happen to be parents. Me and my husband are both blind, and have to kids. I can explain more to whom ever emails me on some of the reasons I want to reach out to as many blind parents as I can. Please pass on my info to whom ever you can. I can be reached at rubyrue@socal.rr.com.
thanks everyone


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Hi all!
My nae is Ashley and I just wanted to give you a number where you can call and chat with other blind parents that may be going through the same troubles that you are. This is a christian chat line for the blind, you must be 18 years or older and fallow some simple rules. No drama, no bad mouths, and just hang out and be nice to others. We have churhc, q and a time, movie night, and much, much more. Please if you want to know more contact ,e at 206-376-7051 or just cll 724-444-3655. Hope to hear from some of you.
ashley


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i would love to hear from any blind parents who are sucessfully raising their children on their own. My adult son is blind and fighting for custody of his son. The mother has given her rights to her mother and we have been fighting her for over a year now. They have yet to give my son normal visitation of his son and keep saying that his inablility to drive is a hazard to my grandson. I live within 300 feet or so of my son. He has a full time job which he has had for over 4 years...please help...I can be reached at speedfreak72802@yahoo.com


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Hi again.
This is ashley from alabama. i am a blind parent of two little boy's 6 and 7. I am a good mother and seem to be raisng them well. I would like to talk to other blind parents who are trying to raise sighted children. If you could, please email me at marandas09@gmail.com thanks again
ashley


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I would like to know if there are any laws saying that blind people can not watch over an infant that the father is ok with, but the mother of the infant is not ok with..?..

I am going through a custody battle which the mother is basically keeping my son away from me. My mother is blind and raised me since I was 1 years old and also another child who was a toddler. I'm 23 now, I know my mother can watch over a baby perfectly.


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