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 children
- Prepared to become parents
- Acquired information about pregnancy and childbirth
- Fed, diapered, and kept their newborns clean
- Read to, played with, and visually stimulated their infants
- Child proofed their homes and monitored their babies
- Managed fevers, medications, and medical care
- Taught colors, print letters & numbers, and drawing
- Monitored and kept their toddlers safe indoors and outdoors
- Traveled independently with their young children
- Dealt with reactions of medical care providers, family, and the public at large
- Handled attitudes of day-care staff, preschool teachers, and their child’s friends
- Provides family and Consumer Science students with visual impairments with information pertinent to their own lives as visually-impaired parents-to-be
- Helps transition students realize that their visual impairment should not stop them from including parenthood in their future plans
- Gives teachers an accurate picture of how blind adults take care of children so that teachers can impart this positive self-image to visually impaired students
- Gives adults who have lost vision tools to continue to care for their children
- Shows medical service, psychology, social work, counseling, protective service, and legal professionals how adults with visual impairments using alternate skill sets parent their children effectively
- Corrects the negative stereotypes about parents with visual impairments, which have, even in the 21st century, resulted in a newborn’s removal from her parents solely because both parents were blind
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