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Parenting with a Visual Impairment

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Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children, a new book and CD set from APH, shares helpful tips, techniques, attitudes, and preparatory experiences from successful parents who are blind and visually impaired.

The parents in Parenting with a Visual Impairment: Advice for Raising Babies and Young Children each completed an extensive written questionnaire and a 90-minute phone interview about how they accomplished parenting tasks using non-visual techniques.

Book Summarizes Parents' Responses:
Decided to have childrenPrepared to become parentsAcquired information about pregnancy and childbirthFed, diapered, and kept their newborns cleanRead to, played with, and visually stimulated their infantsChild proofed their homes and monitored their babiesManaged fevers, medications, and medical careTaught colors, print letters & numbers, and drawingMonitored and kept their toddlers safe indoors and outdoorsTraveled independently with their young chil…

In Memoriam: Fred L. Gissoni

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We are mourning the loss of the incomparable Fred L. Gissoni, who passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the age of 84. Fred contributed 60 years of service to people who are blind and visually impaired. Fred was known across the United States and around the world for his brilliant intellect, inventiveness, and impish sense of humor. Before coming to APH in 1988, he retired from what was then called the Kentucky Department for the Blind.

Fred served for 23 years at APH, retiring in 2011 from our Customer Relations Department, but his legacy will live on for years to come. He helped create several products for people who are blind, including creating a prototype device that would eventually lead to APH's Braille 'n Speak. For his work on this device, Fred, along with Wayne Thompson, was the recipient of APH's "Creative Use of Braille Award" in 1998.

Fred had an encyclopedic knowledge of the blindness field. He would usually be able to answer custo…