January 2015

Respect

Photo of the letters R E S P E C T pinned to a bulletin board

Research from great researchers such as Barbara Miles, Lilli Nielsen, and Deborah Chen, shows that children who are blind and visually impaired learn differently from their sighted peers.  The use of the sense of touch is often their main way to learn.  When a child has a visual impairment along with additional disabilities, parents often find it a struggle to explain how to approach or interact with him or her, without creating a sense of fear and uncertainty.  This is especially hard, when these others are family and friends.  We all want our children to be accepted, and to fit in society so that they can live happy and healthy lives.  A disability does not change this, so here are some fun ways you can use to help others to be more caring and helpful, which will help them be comfortable with your child who may have visual impairment along with other disabilities!