Resources

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BIRTH THROUGH ADULTHOOD

Family Connect
Family Connect is a website dedicated to the needs of parents of children with visual impairments. The website is brought to you by the American Foundation for the Blind and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Implements state and federal laws and regulations governing special education to ensure that pupils with disabilities in New Jersey receive full educational opportunities.

New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, Special Child Health Services Program, Transition Resources and Early Intervention Agencies
Extensive listings

NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI)
Offers wide range of educational services for children, vocational rehabilitation services and independent living services.

New Jersey Early Intervention System
…mission is to enhance the capacity of families to meet development and health related needs of children from birth to age three who have delays or disabilities, by providing quality services and support to families and their children.

Tack Tile (R) website
Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems are a sophisticated teaching tool for all ages based on LEGO®-type blocks.

Seedlings, Braille Books for Children
Nearly 700 low-cost children's books in braille.

NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS)
DDS focuses on serving people who became disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury.

Provides informational and recreational books in Braille, cassette, and large print.

New Jersey State Council on Developmental Disabilities
...originally sanctioned as the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council, is authorized by the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and New Jersey state law to promote systems change, coordinate advocacy and research for 1.2 million residents with developmental and other disabilities.

Family Support Center of New Jersey
A "one-stop-shop" Clearinghouse on all disabilities; Up-to-date informaton on local. state and national support services for those affected by disabilities; a comprehensive array of FREE services.

The Seeing Eye
Aims to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS FOR BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Advocacy:
An international membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults. The Advocacy area of AER addresses legislation and advocacy activities intended to improve education and independence for those with visual impairment or blindness.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
A membership organization of blind and visually impaired people.

American Foundation for the Blind
Promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population—employment, independent living, literacy, and technology. See Education Section and special links, including the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments Including those with Multiple Disabilities…A Parents Perspective. Useful publications, including, When You Have A Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom: A Guide for Teachers; and You Seem Like a Regular Kid to Me. Videos also addressing children’s issues.

American Printing House
The world's largest source for adapted educational and daily living products…

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

Community for Accredited Online Schools
Online education used to be reserved for students enrolled at for-profit colleges and universities. Yet today, hundreds of schools with full accreditation make quality online learning a reality for millions. Whether in kindergarten, middle school or looking to move up with a master’s, see how accredited online schools can make a difference.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
An international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

The Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB)
A consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired.

The Hadley School for the Blind
Offers more than 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free of charge.

Internet Resources for Special Children IRSC)
Dedicated to children with disabilities and other health related disorders worldwide.

International Council for Education of People With Visual Impairment (CEVI)
A global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential. Publisher of The Educator.

Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the association's 1925 international convention.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education
Provides support to all states and territories in the delivery of quality education to children and youth with disabilities through training, technical assistance, research, policy development and the development and modeling of powerful collaborative relationships with other organizations and all constituencies.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments Impaired (NAPVI)
“A non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments. NAPVI is a core partner for the Families & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project spearheaded by the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights (PACER).

National Braille Press
Promotes literacy as a bookseller and printer of fine Braille products.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children - “a membership organization of blind persons”

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLF)
A national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH)
Offers information and support to people with albinism, their families and the professionals who work with them.

New York Institute for Special Education
Offers a “major selection of disability links.”

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability.

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.

SUNY State College of Optometry
The University Optometric Center has a state-of-the-art Low Vision Service to assist patients of all ages with congenital or acquired vision loss.

Texas School for the Blind
Offers broad range of educational services in Texas but also useful resources and links of national relevance.

The Special Education Exchange (SpEdEx)
A site where persons interested in the field of Special Education can find a wealth of information related to the field.

Visual Impairment Guide for Parents
This site contains information on many topics pertaining to parenting and teaching a child with visual impairments.

Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children
Designs and implements programs that help improve the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

 

ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Ai Squared Inc.
Producer of ZoomText 8.1 (available in different languages) and Big Shot software, plus other resources.

Duxbury Systems (Braille Translation Software)
“The Worldwide Braille Translation Leader.”

Enabling Technologies
Designs, manufactures, and supports the most popular Braille embossers in the world.

G.W. Micro
Producer of Window-Eyes software, which provides a variety of speech features and the flexibility needed for running many of today's most advanced Windows applications.

Friedman Scientific, Blind and Low Vision Group
Products and services include: Hardware for personal note-taking, Braille embossing, computer Braille displays, scanning and reading printed media; Software for screen reading, screen magnification, web access, scanning; software and hardware accessories; training, tutorials, and Online store.

The Media Access Group at WGBH
Pioneering and delivering accessible media to disabled adults, students, and their families, teachers, and friends.