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Children with visual impairment: a parent’s guide -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1996.
This guide will help parents to feel better equipped to raise their child, and more hopeful about their child's future. Topics covered include: diagnosis and treatment; family life and adjustment; your child's development; early intervention and special education; literacy; orientation and mobility; multiple and visual disabilities; and the years ahead.
FAM HV 1596.3 .C55

Comment vivre avec un aveugle: de la naissance au 4eme âge / Berveiller, Antoinette -- Paris: Editions Josette Lyon, 2001.
Ce livre s'adresse à l'entourage qui a besoin de conseils concrets pour aider la personne aveugle, pour un guidage matériel, pratique mais aussi psychologique.  Après avoir différencié la cécité congénitale et la cécité tardive, l'auteur développe les étapes qui jalonnent la vie : l'enfant aveugle et l'adulte. Des adresses utiles complètent l'ouvrage.
FAM HV 1596.2 .B47

Dancing cheek to cheek: nurturing beginning social, play and language interactions -- Los Angeles: Blind Children's Centre.
This guide provides creative tips on playing with, and bonding with, your baby with a visual impairment. Specific tips on how to read your baby’s cues, what types of things work, what things don’t when playing together and encouraging play and communication.
FAM HV 1596.5 .M49

Early focus: working with young blind and visually impaired children and their families -- New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1992.
This book provides comprehensive information for professionals in such areas as vision, cognitive development, literacy, social development, motor development, and mobility. Early Focus offers tested strategies and recommended approaches to working with young children who are visually impaired or have multiple disabilities and their families, including those that are culturally diverse.
FAM HV 1596.5 .E27

Foundations of low vision: clinical and functional perspectives -- New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1996.
This manual is a creative package for making information on cultural programs and facilities accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. It was created especially for libraries, museums, historical societies, outdoor cultural facilities, corporations and everyone whose mission involves providing information to the community, Reaching Out offers practical design and program solutions.
FAM RE 91 .F64

Let’s eat: feeding a child with a visual impairment / Brody, Jill -- Los Angeles: Blind Children's Center, 1994.
This guide for parents and caregivers of young children with visual impairments is intended to help them to teach competent feeding skills.
FAM HV 1596.5 .B76

Living and learning with blind children / Harrison, Felicity -- Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.
Blind and visually impaired children experience the world in unique ways. To help them learn and develop, parents and teachers need to understand how children relate to their environment. The authors suggest activities that parents or teachers can share with a blind child, from songs, games, and

crafts to projects around the house and ways to enjoy a walk together. They discuss the nursery school experience and offer ideas on how to make it enjoyable and rewarding.
FAM HV 1596.2 .H37

Look at it this way: toys and activities for children with a visual impairment / Lear, Roma -- Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998.
This book includes instructions for making toys for children with visual impairments, many of which are designed to improve their skills and enhance their development.
FAM HV 1766 .L42

Move with me: a parents' guide to movement development for visually impaired babies -- Los Angeles: Blind Children's Center.
This booklet presents suggestions for parents to promote their visually impaired infant's motor development.
FAM HV 1596.5 .M68

My baby brother’s eyes / Jones, James -- Nanaimo, BC: L J. Jones, 2002.
FAM HV 1596.3 .J66

Reaching, crawling, walking: let’s get moving / Simmons, Susan S -- Los Angeles: Blind Children’s Centre, 1992.
This booklet examines what Orientation and Mobility is and how it can influence the independence of a child with visual impairment or blindness.
FAM HV 1596.5 .S55

Starting points: instructional practices for young children whose multiple disabilities include visual impairment / Chen, Deborah -- Los Angeles: Blind Children's Center, 1995.
Young children whose multiple disabilities include visual impairment have exceptional learning needs.  Quality programs for these children provide systematic instruction within natural routines based on family priorities, values, and concerns; follow the child's lead and interest; use natural consequences and reinforcement to encourage learning; provide a team approach that promotes integration of objectives from various disciplines across daily activities; and encourage the child's active participation in home, school, and community activities.
FAM HV 1643 .C48

Talk to me: a language guide for parents of blind children -- Los Angeles: Blind Children’s Centre.
This guide for parents of blind infants and young children offers suggestions for building the child's language and social skills through talking to the child and interacting in a variety of ways. The importance of talking to the young infant, even though he/she doesn't respond with eye contact, and of learning to recognize the infant's efforts at communication is stressed.
FAM HV 1596.2 T34 pt. 1

Talk to me II: common concerns -- Los Angeles: Blind Children’s Centre.
Intended for parents of blind children, the booklet presents guidelines regarding potential difficulties in blind children's language development.
FAM HV 1596.2 T34 pt. 2

Toys and play: a guide to fun and development for children with impaired vision / Blakely, Kim S -- New York: The Lighthouse, 1995.
This book discusses the typical stages of play from infancy through age eight. Adaptations for blind and low-vision children are incorporated when appropriate into the descriptions of toys and activities at each level.
FAM HV 1766 .B562

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Web Sites


Visual Impairment - Kids Health – Information for Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Vision Impairment and Blindness – MedlinePlus from the US National Library of Medicine

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

Visual Impairment - NICHCY – National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Services for Children who are Blind or Have Low Vision – Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services / Services aux enfants aveugles ou ayant une basse vision – Ontario ministère des services à l’enfance et à la jeunesse

Family Connect: For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Perkins – School for the Blind eLearning

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Speech to Text
● Xenom Apps
● Available in multiple languages / disponible en plusieurs langues
● Free / Gratuit
● Last updated Oct 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 octobre
● A simple to use app for dictating text which can be sent as an SMS or Email or copied and pasted into another app. The app uses Androids built-in Speech Recogniser to turn speech into text. The app is also capable of speaking text out using your built-in TTS Engine. / Un simple à utiliser l'application pour dicter un texte qui peut être envoyé sous forme de SMS ou e-mail ou copié et collé dans une autre application.  L'application utilise Androids intégré dans le discours Recognizer pour transformer la parole en texte. L'application est également capable de parler du texte à l'aide de votre haut-TTS Engine.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play

Super Vision + Magnifier
● Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
● Free / gratuit
● English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish / Anglais, français, italien, japonais, russe, chinois simplifié, espagnol
● Last updated March 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 mars
● From reading small print at near distance to seeing signs at far distance, SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass) is your go-to app for seeing better and clearer.  Place your phone camera close to small objects, the app can also be used as a microscope. You can see something small that even normally sighted people can't see. / De la lecture de petits caractères proches à la vision de panneaux à longue distance, la loupe SuperVision+ est votre application essentielle pour voir mieux et de façon plus claire.  Placez l'appareil photo de votre téléphone près de petits objets, l'application peut également être utilisée comme microscope. Vous pouvez voir quelque chose de petit que même des gens ayant une vue normale ne pourraient voir.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

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Local Contacts

CNIB – Ontario / INCA – Ontario
1355 Bank St., Suite 101
Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7
Toll-free: 1-866-842-9071
Fax: 613-563-1898
TTY: 613-567-2937  

Association québécoise des parents d’enfants handicapés visuels
10, boul. Churchill, bureau 203
Greenfield Park, QC J4V 2L7

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre / Centre de santé communautaire Pinecrest-Queensway
1365 Richmond Road, 2nd floor
Ottawa, ON K2B 6R7

Ottawa, Renfrew County and Eastern counties of Prescott-Russell & Stormont, Dundas and GlengarryEastern Ontario Blind Low Vision Program
or 1-866-432-7447
TTY 613-820-7427

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and it is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last updated: November 2018
Links tested: November 2018

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