Parenting with a Visual Impairment

Parenting with a Visual Impairment book from APH
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 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

Features:
  • 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  

*Note: The braille version (catalog # 6-00100-00) is available, but must be ordered by phone for now. It will be available online soon.

Order online or call 1-800-223-1839.

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