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Monday, September 18, 2006

Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted

I had the pleasure of working with this lady for about a year. She's great, and I'm sure the book is as well.

Through the Looking Glass and its National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities are proud to announce the first comprehensive resource guide for parents who are blind or partially sighted. The 212 page Hands-On Parenting: A Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted provides a wide range of practical information, adaptations and resources for parents who are blind or partially sighted.

The Resource Guide addresses many situations a parent who is blind might face, such as: If you are a parent who is blind, how do you diaper, feed or give medications to your baby? How will you know where your toddler is? How do you choose the colors for your child's clothes? How can you help your children with homework? What types of toys or games are available for a parent who is blind to use with their child? How can a parent who is blind educate the general public about how they manage parenting tasks? This guide is one of several projects of the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. This National Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.

The Resource Guide was developed by blind parent specialist Debbie Bacon, who is also a blind mother of three adult children. Ms. Bacon compiled the resources and suggestions from discussions with parents who are blind and partially sighted across the U.S. as well as in several other countries. Parents of a wide age-range of children describe their parenting experiences -- especially noting any barriers, strengths, adaptations or suggestions for other blind and partially sighted parents. Because parents who are blind or partially sighted are often geographically isolated from each other, many parents explained how they had to figure out a variety of routine parenting tasks on their own. This Resource Guide is intended to pass along successful adaptations and strategies so that new parents don't have to keep re-inventing the wheel. The topics covered in the Resource Guide include such issues as: newborns, when your child is sick, feeding, toilet training, transportation, monitoring your child, child safety, toys and games, and working with professionals. Each of the 14 chapters includes parent discussions as well as contact information for a wide variety of resources (many of which are available through the Internet).

The Guide is currently available in regular print, Large Print or CD-ROM (text version, Word format). This Resource Guide can be ordered directly from Through the Looking Glass for $40 (includes shipping and handling for orders within the U.S.). To order this Resource Guide or other publications regarding parenting with a disability, please call 800-644-2666. You can also go to Through the Looking Glass' web site:

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Bacon
Project Manager
National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities
Through the Looking Glass
2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710-2204
Phone: 510-848-1112, Ext. 103
Toll Free United States: 800-644-2666
United States TTY: 800-804-1616
International TTY: 510-848-1005
FAX: 510-848-4445

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