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This series will provide first-hand accounts of how other parents who are blind or visually impaired have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. The series will explore everything related to raising a child.

Dealing with Diaper Rash – Holly’s Journey

When my first child, Nuala, was 8 months old, she developed a very severe bout of diaper rash. The problem was, I had absolutely no idea she even had it. Mother Doesn’t Always Know Best I thought I was changing my daughter’s diaper often enough, approximately every hour. My mother had told me to sprinkle cornstarch on her buttocks after each change to prevent irritation. I had a large, stainless steel shaker with handle that I kept next to her changing table filled with cornstarch. I remember feeling like I was powdering a tiny cake every time I changed a diaper. The cornstarch would leave behind


Talking About Terrorism As an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Editor's Note: On June 3, 2017, several major news stations interrupted their regularly scheduled programming once again to provide up-to-the-minute information relating to a terrorist attack in England. Sadly, these interruptions have become all too common in households across the country with terrorist attacks monopolizing today's headlines. Explaining these acts of terrorism to our children can be complicated. As visually impaired parents, we can't let our inability to "see" what is happening to impede our capacity to explain terrorism to our kids. In today's post, Peer Advisor Dave Steele (who resides in the UK with his wife, Amy and four children) recalls the recent terrorist attacks in his country. Dave shares a new poem and a personal story about his experience during the terror


Review of "I Am Helen Keller" by Brad Meltzer

We can all be heroes! That’s the inspiring message of the New York Times best-selling picture book biography series, "Ordinary People Change the World" from author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. In honor of Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27, Peer Advisor, Holly Bonner reviewed one of Meltzer’s books from the series, "I Am Helen Keller." Overview "I Am Helen Keller" "I Am Helen Keller" begins with the book describing how Helen contracted a rare disease causing her to become deaf and blind. Both the narrative and the comic book like illustrations help children to understand the fear and isolation Helen


Breaking Down Barriers for Blind Parents-To-Be, Part 2

Editor's note: VisionAware's Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald dives into the world of 3D ultrasounds for expecting parents who are blind or visually impaired in this two-part blog post. In today's post, Francesca interviews In Utero 3D founder, Aleksandra Witkowska-Masojc, about the process of creating a bas-relief model of your child. Read "Breaking Down Barriers for Blind Parents, Part 1" for more information on this new company and the inspiration behind this new initiative for blind or visually impaired parents-to-be. Breaking Down Barriers for Blind Parents-To-Be A family-run company in Poland has created a new project giving blind


Breaking Down Barriers for Blind Parents-To-Be, Part 1

Editor's note: VisionAware's Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald dives into the world of 3D ultrasounds for expecting parents who are blind or visually impaired in this two-part blog post. In today's post, Francesca introduces us to a new company that works to remove barriers for blind mothers- and father-to-be. Breaking Down Barriers for Blind Parents-To-Be We have made unprecedented strides in technology, improving our experience and interaction with the world around us. For individuals who are blind or visually impaired, we are finding ways to adapt iPads, improve refreshable braille mechanics, and broaden the option of VoiceOver technology, so we can all experience the visual world as accurately and interactively as possible. And yet, we have not yet discovered a


Driving on the Horizon: One Story of Parenting a Teen As a Visually Impaired Mother

The reality any parent will tell you is this: as children become teens, their abilities grow along with their independence. We must be there to guide but also to accept and take pride in their accomplishments. I did not expect the bittersweet reality of my daughter’s driving to overwhelm me as it did, but perhaps this story will reassure others that what you are feeling is normal. Driving on the Horizon: One Story of Parenting a Teen “You can come with us, Mom, but don’t freak out, because if you do, so will I.” These grudging words pave our way to my daughter Sophia’s third driving experience. The sapphire dusk is


Chaperoning a Field Trip with My Sighted Child

Editor's Note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post from Beckie Horter relates her experiences in taking her child on a field trip. Being a Normal Mom I wanted to be a normal mom, and of course, that proved to be a problem. If, by "normal," I thought seeing 20/20 was the measure. Because I didn't see 20/20, that is. I was


Tips for Toddler Potty Training for Parents Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Editor's Note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post from Holly Bonner shares nine tips for easy potty training. Potty Training Your Toddler As a Parent with Low Vision Potty training your toddler is an exciting time! On one hand, you’ve reached the point in parenthood when you’re ready to bid farewell to diaper duty. On the other hand, the realization that your baby isn’t really a “baby” anymore is enough to break any parent’s heart. <img


Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including things like how to manage your labor pain. Having your wishes recorded in the form of this written document ensures your healthcare provider understands your wishes with regards to the delivery of your child. It is important to note that although preparation for birth is essential, the new mother may not be able to control every aspect of her labor and delivery. Sometimes the unexpected happens, and you must remain flexible in cases where you may be


A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents and grandparents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. In today's post, Sheila Rousey shares her experience of becoming a grandmother with vision loss. A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight by Sheila Rousey


A Grandma's Thoughts

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents and grandparents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. In today's post, Mary Hiland shares the importance of teaching children how to interact with individuals who have low vision and how to build positive relationships. A Grandma's Thoughts By Mary Hiland, grandmother


Accepting Life As It Comes

Editor's note: We just celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In honor of the significance of this day, VisionAware's International Correspondent, Maribel Steel, from Australia, shares her personal reflections on accepting life with a visual disability (she has retinitis pigmentosa) by observing her granddaughter’s young wisdom in living life in the moment. More Than Child’s Play Have you noticed how the little people in your life know the true meaning of living in the moment? When we take time out of our busy schedule to


Gift Suggestions for Kids of Blind Parents

As the blind mother of two toddlers, the holiday gift-giving season can cause a bit of anxiety. While it’s absolutely wonderful so many friends and family want to purchase something for my daughters, small parts, tiny batteries, and other tripping hazards are serious concerns for me. Parents who are blind or visually impaired may find taking a proactive approach during the holiday shopping season can be beneficial to both gift-giver and recipient. Offering gifting suggestions takes the guessing out of a busy retail season and allows the visually impaired parent to assist in choosing items they deem safe and enjoyable for their child.


Bottle-Feeding Baby As a Blind or Visually Impaired Mother

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post is the second segment on your options of feeding your baby as a parent with vision loss. Blind Parenting: Bottle-Feeding Baby By Holly Bonner Sighted or blind, the decision to breastfeed versus formula-feeding your baby is a personal one.


Breastfeeding Baby As a Blind or Visually Impaired Mother

Editor's note: This post is part of the new Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post is the first segment on your options of feeding your baby as a parent with vision loss. Blind Parenting: Breastfeeding Baby By Mary Hiland and her daughter, Kara Fay Soon after I was married, my ophthalmologist told me that as a person with retinitis


How Congenital Vision Loss Affects Motherhood

Editor's Note: Not every woman grows up wanting to be a mother. For those living with a congenital eye disease, learning of a pregnancy can cause mixed emotions. The following story, based on an interview with a blind mother who has chosen to stay anonymous, depicts how genetic vision loss can dim the brightness of that maternity glow. How Congenital Vision Loss Affects Motherhood Our blind mom, who we’ll refer to as M, was born in 1966 with cataracts on both her lenses, rendering them completely opaque. Her parents were told the ocular condition was either genetic or from a flu her mother had contracted quite possibly being passed to the baby in utero. M had a few low vision relatives within her family tree. However, in the late 1960s


Blindness and Infertility: A Mother's Story

Editor's note: This post is part of the new Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. If you are thinking about starting a family or experiencing the daily struggles of parenting, it is the VisionAware Peer Advisors' hope that these stories will encourage and support you on the journey of blind parenthood. Blindness and Infertility: A Mother's Story by


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 3, Resources and Services

Editor's note: This is part three of A Blind Mother's Checklist from the new series, Blind Parenting. Part 1 covered the basic questions to ask yourself when deciding to start a family. Part 2 reviewed the medical implications and various doctors a mother planning to get pregnant should have as part of her medical team. Preparing for


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 2, Medical Implications

Editor's note: This is the second post in our new series, Blind Parenting. This series will provide you first-hand accounts of how other blind and visually impaired parents have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. This is part two of a three-part blog post. Read part 1 to determine if you are ready to start a family. Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 2 By


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 1, Am I Ready?

Editor's note: This is the initial post in our new series on Blind Parenting. Our new Blind Parenting series will provide you first-hand accounts of how other blind and visually impaired parents have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. This post is divided into three parts with separate checklists: the first dealing with your personal situation, the second with medical implications, and the third dealing with resources and services that you need to consider. Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=7758"


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