Welcome to NC-APVI! We are a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing information
and resources relating to raising children who are blind or visually impaired.
We are the parents and extended family of children with vision impairments
as well as professionals who work with families of students who are blind or visually impaired.
NC-APVI is an affiliate of NAPVI, the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.
NC-APVI is a non-profit, independent organization that includes families and professionals. NC-APVI enables families to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. We provide leadership, support, and training to assist families in helping children reach their full potential.
“Parents must regard themselves as the long-lasting resource and the only consistent persons who continually have the child’s interest at heart throughout their lifetime. This organization now is a means to help them fulfill that function.”
Lee Robinson, Founding President, NAPVI
NC-APVI is dedicated to:
Join NAPVI today and be a part of an organization of, by, and for parents!
Benefits to members include:
Contact us at NCAPVI@gmail.com
Join our email distribution : firstname.lastname@example.org
The NC-APVI Board is working hard on planning for the remainder of this year and the upcoming year. And we need your help!
We are seeking individuals to be active members of the board of directors for NC-APVI. Our board is made up of family members of children with visual impairments and professionals who provide services to children with visual impairments. At least fifty percent (50%) of the board members must be parents of children with visual impairments.
Board members serve a one-year term that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. NC-APVI shall have no less than 5 and not more than 13 board members. To be a director, interested individuals must have demonstrated a commitment to NC-APVI’s mission or purposes and be a member in good standing of NAPVI-The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. Membership forms can be found on our website at www.nc-apvi.org and renew each year in January.
Board meetings are held once a month, generally in the Raleigh area, and can be held by conference call or other avenue when board members are not able to attend in Raleigh.
Board members do not receive compensation and are expected to help with NC-APVI functions including but not limited to holding chairman positions for major programs.
If you are interested in serving on the board, want more information about board member responsibilities or have other questions, please contact any of our board members or email email@example.com. New board members will be elected at the NC-APVI annual meeting in May.
These links may help you navigate some of the areas we all encounter at one time or another!
A Brighter Path Foundation is a nonprofit supporting entity for Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, funding innovative programs for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. With an emphasis on improving overall quality of life by developing personal independence, the Foundation supports activities and training that bolster confidence while increasing life and job skills. The Foundation also provides access to specialized vision products and adaptive technologies.
All About Vision This website was launched in January 2000 to provide consumers with an independent source of trustworthy information on eye health and vision correction options. The website is owned by Access Media Group. The company’s founders have been involved in eye care journalism since 1977. Our Editorial Advisory Board, writers, editors and reviewers have hundreds of years of combined experience in patient care, research, consulting and article authorship specific to eye care. Included on this website is information about children’s vision and vision problems of school age children, eye exams for children, eye problems and diseases, low vision, eye glasses and contact lenses, etc. There is also a search box to assist in locating information. http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.
Equal Eyes Vision Services is a contract company serving the unique educational needs of children and adults with vision loss across all areas of North Carolina. Our highly-qualified and passionate Team Members provide Teacher of the Visually Impaired services, Orientation and Mobility Services, Assistive Technology training and in-home training and support for Independent Living Skills and more. To learn more about how Equal Eyes Vision Services can help support you and your child, visit us at www.equaleyesvisionservices.com or call 919-480-8800.
EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is your trusted source for accurate, timely and relevant eye health information. EyeSmart empowers Americans to take charge of their eye health. We urge everyone to know their risk factors for eye diseases, infections and injuries, and to understand how ophthalmologists can help prevent, diagnose and treat eye conditions.
On FamilyConnect: For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments you’ll find videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.
Financial Aid for Eye Care is a listing of various groups providing financial aid for eye exams and surgery, eye glasses, prescriptions and various government programs.
Focus on Literacy is a one of a kind project designed to enhance the core literacy skills of students with visual impairments by providing greater acess to independent learning outside of the classroom setting. Established in 2004, Focus on Literacy provides optical aids and specialty low vision eye exams,
free of charge, to any school-age child with a documented visual impairment that resides in any of North Carolina’s 100 counties. In order to meet the needs of the greatest number of children, Focus on Literacy is limited to provision of the following items and services: * Low vision exams provided by CLVC’s low vision specialist, * Desktop model video magnification systems (CCTVs), * Handheld/Stand/Light gathering or other standard (non-electronic) magnifiers, and * Single-license low vision computer software, such as iZoom or ZoomText. See attached pdf file for more information. Focus on Literacy flyer.
Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. mission is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Foundation for Retinal Research is committed to finding treatments and cures for Retinal Degenerative Diseases and supporting the lives of affected families. FRR’s scientists are making strides in identifying genes and paving the path towards clinical trials for LCA. The FRR is helping speed up the time frame for these trials, with the hope that there will be sight restoration for all LCA patients.
Governor Morehead School for the Blind will educate, advocate, and provide resources for all North Carolina students with visual impairment, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.
Hadley School for the Blind Family Education Program: Hadley’s Family Education (FE) Program offers a variety of courses for family members of individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. Topics range from child development, to independent living, to braille reading and writing and adjustment to blindness issues.
Industries of the Blind, Inc. provides opportunities for employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve greater independence.
Invision Education and Rehabilitation Services’ mission is to help children and adults with vision loss learn, function, and move as successfully and independently as possible in their homes, schools and communities. With decades of experience, Invision’s educational & rehabilitation professionals serve school age students and adults with vision loss in their school and home settings. Invision service providers include:
“Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness” is available through the Wake County Public Library. Log onto their website at www.wakegov.com/libraries/default.htm and enter “Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness” in the search box. Click on link under Weblinks to access. Will need a library card number and password to access.
Lighthouse International is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.
Metrolina Association for the Blind provides two main services. Personal Adjustment and Rehabilitation Services helps people who are blind or visually impaired learn techniques of daily living and ways to increase their independence. Accessible Braille Services is a braille and large print transcription operation.
National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI) is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Fact Sheet on Visual Impairment, including Blindness: http://nichcy.org/disability/specific/visualimpairment
New to Disability: http://nichcy.org/families-community/new-to-disability
National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.” The National Eye Institute is part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH).
National Federation of the Blind is the largest organization of the blind in America. Founded in 1940, the Federation has grown to include over 50,000 members. The ultimate purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. This objective involves the removal of legal, economic, and social discriminations; the education of the public to new concepts concerning blindness; and the achievement by all blind people of the right to exercise to the fullest their individual talents and capacities. Be sure to reference the free white cane program.
The Kernel Books is a series of books containing inspirational stories written by blind people about themselves. There are currently thirty Kernel Books which tell the stories of blind men and women. https://nfb.org/kernel-books
Request a Free White Cane https://nfb.org/free-cane-program
NC Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) is an incorporated, nonprofit consumer organization whose purpose is the advancement of the economic, education, and social welfare of deaf-blind people. NCDBA sponsors an annual convention.
One Small Voice Foundation: Inspired by the love and generosity of our supporters, we strive to give a voice to all children with optic nerve hypoplasia and hydrocephalus. We will educate and inform others about these disorders. We will support research efforts to benefit children with optic nerve hypoplasia and hydrocephalus. Our mission will be accomplished with the highest level of integrity and commitment.
Paths to Literacy This website is the result of a joint project between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). By combining our resources and expertise, we hope to assist educators and families in the quest to provide literacy experiences for children who are blind or visually impaired. The information on this site ranges from a basic overview of literacy to various stages of development and special challenges, as well as an exploration of different media (print, braille, auditory strategies). We encourage you to add your ideas and questions, so that this will be an interactive hub of resources.
50 Ways to Use a Light Box - Ideas of fun and educational activities for using a light box with children who are blind or visually impaired
Pediatric Glaucoma & Cataract Family Association (PGCFA) is an association of volunteer parents and health care professionals who deal with the daily challenges of pediatric glaucoma and cataracts.
Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities. View educational webcasts at www.perkins.org/resources/webcasts/ and Wonder Baby: A Place for Parents at WonderBaby.org.
Prevent Blindness North Carolina was organized in 1967 as a nonprofit health agency. An independent affiliate of Prevent Blindness America (established in 1908), PBNC delivers direct service programs designed to preserve sight through screening, publications, safety, education, information and referral through volunteer efforts. PBNC’s mission is to reach people before blindness strikes. Website includes a list of organizations that provide financial resources for vision care in the state of North Carolina.
Raleigh Lyons Clinic for the Blind (RLCB) empowers people who are blind and visually impaired through employment opportunities and services to achieve social and economic equality. We manufacture quality products and provide quality services. Be sure to review the community services section of website.
Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) publishes a comprehensive list of eye conditions by Dr Andrew Blaikie for VI Scotland that explain the diagnosis. These explanations are useful in helping explain eye conditions to teachers and others.
Also on this website is a listing of VI medical resources.
The book reference, Disorders of vision in children: a guide for teachers and carers, has chapters for how the eye works, how vision is assessed and measured, disorders of the visual system and their implications and educating children with visual impairments.
The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Twelve times a year, as many as 24 students at a time visit the Morristown, N.J. campus to discover the exhilarating experience of traveling with a Seeing Eye® dog.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.
VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, the program has raised over $19 million to fund sight-saving research.
The Vision Resource Center enhances the lives of adults and children living in the Cape Fear Region who are blind or visually impaired by: advocating for their needs; identifying and sharing information about community resources; providing education, skill development and socialization opportunities. The Vision Resource Center serves blind and visually impaired residents of Cumberland County through a variety of programs and services including: Van transportation to and from the Center for daily and special activities; “Healthy Living” Program – includes healthy cooking instruction, yoga, chair exercises, walking, exercise machines etc.; Gift of Sight Program; Braille Classes; Arts and Crafts; Cultural Programming; Social Activities; Youth Programming and Summer Camp; Support Group Meetings with Guest Speakers; Referral Services; and Monthly Local National Federation of the Blind Meetings.
http://www.visionresourcecentercc.org/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vision-Resource-Center/113824892028160
The below are a great websites with lots of resource listings.
Blindness Resource Center - http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/blindness-resource-center
Blindness Resources Guide - http://lasereyesurgeons.net/blindness-resources
Links to braille books, books to loan, free books, publications, information on assistive technology, etc.
Accelerated Reader now accessible! (Feb 2013) Accelerated Reader or AR is a reading/literacy enrichment program used in many schools. Exciting news! Accelerated Reader has updated the AR app – it is now accessible for students with Visual Impairments! Renaissance Learning released version 1.2.3 yesterday in the app store. You can try it out with a demo book that is built-into the app. Click the Try Demo button on the login screen. VoiceOver works alone (with touch screen gestures) and VoiceOver can be driven by a Bluetooth Keyboard or Refreshable Braille Display. If your students are practicing braille skills, mute the VoiceOver speech and read the quizzes in braille on the refreshable braille display. Remember to rate AR reader and/or let Renaissance Learning know that we appreciate their work to make this app accessible.
All Children Have Different Eyes is a beautifully illustrated storybook that models for children with visual impairment how to confidently and competently play and make friends while facing difficult social challenges, such as answering questions about their condition, entering play groups, or handling limitations responsibly. Over 40 examples and activities transform the engaging stories into an interactive workbook for parents and teachers. Classmates will also learn to become better friends and playmates when they discover why children with visual impairment see and play differently. A glossary for kids and resources for adults complete this valuable resource in every child’s social development.
Ambutech has mobility canes and mobility aids for the blind and visually impaired.
American Action Fund (AAF) In 1997 the AAF started this program to provide blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect for as long as they want them. The titles published every month are the same titles that are available in bookstores.
– Braille Bibles International provides Bibles to blind people in Braille, Large Print and Audio formats. Some of these Bibles are provided at no cost while others are provided at low cost. Braille Bibles are available worldwide; however Large Print and Audio Bibles are only available to blind individuals in the United States. We require certification of blindness and reserve the right to limit the quantity and frequency of our services.
– Fred’s Head blog from the American Printing House for the Blind: Sacred Texts: Where to Get Them in. A new resource has been added to the Fred’s Head article on resources for finding sacred texts in alternate, accessible formats.
– Lutheran Braille Workers – Braille and Large Print Bibles. All of our materials are provided free of charge to visually impaired readers throughout the world.
Bookshare’s® goal is to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities. With a dynamic leadership team, dedicated Members and capable partners, Bookshare is making this goal a reality. Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Braille Bug Site: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Braille Bug is a kids’ site that teaches sighted children grades 3 through 6 about braille, and encourages literacy.
Braille Tales is a free print-braille early reading book program from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) for young children who are blind or visually impaired and/or for parents who are blind or visually impaired. APH believes that early exposure to reading develops crucial braille awareness skills and promotes enthusiasm for literacy.
Computer Accessibility for the Blind Reference Page
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and the Dollywood Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program to provide young blind and visually impaired children with accessible books! Thanks to the American Printing House for the Blind/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership and the support of Penguin Group USA we will offer a growing collection of audio files of DPIL books as free downloads. Beginning in 2012, the American Printing House for the Blind/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership will make it possible for APH to produce selected Imagination Library books in a print/braille format. The books will be provided free-of-charge to eligible families.
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center’s (ECAC) combined libraries have thousands of titles in a variety of formats available to lend to parents, families, young children, students, educators and other professionals. Some of our titles are brand new, some are “oldies but goodies”, and we add titles throughout the year. The ECAC Lending Library system is also home to the statewide Early Learning Library, supported through the NC Office of Early Learning. This library has numerous titles for professional development, curriculum, and assessment tools. Borrowing is easy and free!
Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. The FCTD web site provides thousands of assistive and instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to fact sheets, Power Point presentations, monthly newsletters, online discussion and summer institute transcripts, a database of more than 3,500 organizations, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of AT resources and more. Through the site users can also access FCTD Family Information Guides as well as resources in Spanish.
Generations-Tadpole lends and delivers low-tech assistive technology devices and toys FREE to families and professionals all across North Carolina. Anyone working with an individual with a disability is eligible to borrow items and to receive free shipping.
Independence Science - “Through the development of these innovative access technologies, we can truly level the playing field for students who are blind or low vision in the science classroom and hopefully encourage an interest in STEM career paths. I feel that the work of Independence Science is helping to create a more barrier-free learning environment for students who are BLV in science classrooms nationwide. My experience with developing these access technologies has taught me that blindness need not be a barrier in the pursuit of one’s ambitions to achieve whatever goals he or she aspires to achieve."- Founder and President of Independence Science, Cary Supalo, Ph.D.
Dynamic Periodic Tablehttp://www.ptable.com/
Integrating Print and Braille: A Recipe for Literacy - This book from NFB (National Federation of the Blind) is a resource for teachers and parents of dual media learners, that is students who have some vision and who learn braille, as well as print. It was created by a consortium of experts, with the purpose of developing “a new assessment tool to better determine which students should learn to read Braille, or print, or both Braille and print.” It includes case studies, teaching strategies, and approaches to strengthen the teaching of braille reading and writing for students using dual media. It also offers ideas on how the student can obtain enough instruction and practice to achieve speed and fluency in braille reading.
– Merlin elite & DaVinci now connect to iPad!
– A valuable guide to accessing the iPad for blind and visually impaired users!
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®) serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success.
Low Vision Devices http://vision.answers.com/vision-impairment/low-vision-devices
Maxiaids has products for Independent Living, Blind, Low Vision, Deaf, Physically Challenged.
National Braille Press supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy, and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs. National Braille Press is a Boston-based nonprofit braille printing and publishing house founded in 1927 to ensure that blind people have the same access to information as sighted people in a medium they can read-braille.
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities. Assistive Technology (AT) is any type of equipment that helps people with disabilities or older individuals be more independent at home, school, work, leisure time, or in community life.
North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
The Oregon Project for Preschool Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (The OR Project) is a comprehensive assessment and curriculum designed for use with children birth to six who are blind or visually impaired. It can be used by parents, teachers, vision specialists, or counselors in the home or in the classroom setting. At the bottom of this page is a link to:
Selected Anomalies and Diseases of the Eye
by Virginia E. Bishop, Ph.D.
A Parents’ Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments, Edited by Susan LaVenture - This handbook for parents, family members, and caregivers of children with visual impairments explains special education services that these children are likely to need and to which they are entitled–and how to make sure that they receive them. Edited by Susan, LaVenture, the Executive Director of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments and written by experienced professionals and parents, this helpful resource addresses the effect of visual impairment on a child’s ability to learn and the services and educational programming that are essential for optimal learning. It is an invaluable manual, intended to help parents ensure that their children receive the best education possible.
Partnerships in Assistive Technology is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to assistive technology and information technology for North Carolinians with disabilities through training, equipment recycling, advocacy, and technical assistance. We partner with state agencies, non-profit groups, the Southeast ADA Center and grassroots disability groups to help make communities accessible for people with disabilities and to ensure access to the tools they need to live independently, work, access educational and recreational opportunities, and participate in community events.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501©3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children.
ShareBraille.org is a free service provided by the National Federation of the Blind to promote the use and vitality of Braille. To trade your Braille books or to request books from other ShareBraille.org users, simply create a free account and start exploring the available titles.
TechVision is a company that strives to show you how children and adults, who have vision impairments or reading challenges, can learn the technology and skills that will help them succeed in life. This site will give you the lessons to achieve these goals. If you read an article from this site about a lesson, links will be at the bottom of the story to take you directly to the lessons that will help you achieve the same instruction. This is a website with hundreds of informational articles & lessons on PC, Office products, Mac, iPad/iTools and more, all done with keystrokes!
Triangle Radio Reading Service connects people who are blind and print impaired to each other, their communities, and families by delivering news, information, and entertainment using the latest audio technology.
Wake County Public Library has a selection of large print, audio and eBooks for lending.
Links to iOS, iPad and other apps for the visually impaired and blind.
A List of All the Best iPad Apps Teachers Need from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - We have been doing a lot of reviews of educational mobile apps. We particularly focused on the ones that work on iPad and we tried to cover almost all the fields from digital story telling to apps to teach creativity. Our purpose is to provide teachers with a repository of apps to choose from when trying them with their students in the classroom.
Links to special education information and advocacy groups of other disabilities.
NC’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI): ECAC’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) is funded through the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. All services are provided to parents and families at no cost! Services include Toll Free Parent Info Line answered by Parents, Individual Assistance with educational issues, Parent and Professional Education workshops on a variety of topics, Lending Library, Information packets (paper and on CD), NewsLine newsletter and ECAC Online!, our electronic newsletter, IEP Partners, Parent-to-Parent support and Assistance to parent groups.
Project Enlightenment is an early childhood education and intervention program of the Wake County Public School System, serving teachers and parents of young children, ages birth through kindergarten.
Wake County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) is a collaborative partnership among parents, caregivers, public agencies (such as Children’s Developmental Services Agency, Wake County Human Services & Wake County Public Schools), private and non-profit organizations, and interested community members or organizations, to promote a coordinated and effective Early Intervention System in Wake County.
Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Parent Information Center Blackboard Website is a website of information developed by the Special Educations Services of WCPSS. Please check this site often as new information continues to be added.
Wake County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) represents exceptional children in Wake County. Visit the link to SEAC on the Parent Information Center Blackboard Website. Select “SpEd Adv Council” from menu tabs on left of site.
Wrightslaw Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Abilitations Children’s Therapy & Wellness Center focuses on the abilities of each child versus the disability. Our programs and therapy sessions are designed to promote each child’s highest level of functional independence and help achieve their personal goals. We believe every child has the potential to become who they are meant to be despite obstacles that lie in their way. Our goal is to support and promote a sense of self and a focus on the overall wellness of each child. Provides yoga, music therapy, fitness and wellness programs, indoor soccer league, etc.
Adapted Physical Education Resource:
Arts Access in Raleigh has Audio Description services at select performances so that patrons who are blind or have low vision can “see” a play. http://www.artsaccessinc.org/
Camp Abilities NC (CANC) is a specialized camp for young athletes who experience vision impairment and blindness and its coming to North Carolina. The inaugural camp will be located at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Falls, NC near Lake Norman. Please pass along the announcement in addition to the eligibility and application forms to your interested students. Note, due to limited space, their will be eligibility requirements to help the camp staff select the athletes best suited for Camp Abilities North Carolina. We CAN-C the POSSIBILITIES!
Links to Registration Forms and other information: CANC Information Sheet – CANC Camper/Athlete Eligibility Inventory – CANC Athlete/Camper Application
Dream League baseball gives special needs children the opportunity to play America’s greatest pastime. With the help of peer buddies, players of varying disabilities are given the chance to enjoy the sport of baseball while their parents proudly cheer them on! Games are played at Tyler Run Park in Wake Forest.
Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for People with Visual Impairments Written by Andrew Leibs,this book is the first consumer-focused, action-oriented guide to a new world of accessible activities designed to get blind and visually impaired people off the sidelines and into the game.
The EYE Retreat is a summer weeklong camp for high schoolers and college students with visual impairments to learn about transition skills for college and employment, learn from other youth with visual impairments, explore Raleigh using public transit, and enjoy evening activities to build socialization skills. The EYE Retreat has grown from 15 participants in 2009 to 29 in 2012. Our participants and group leaders have come from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and all over North Carolina. Applications are now available and slots are limited to the first 30 participants! Contact Alan Chase, M.Ed., Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Link to application on website below.
Georgia Lion’s Camp for the Blind: It is the mission of the Georgia Lions’ Camp for the Blind, Inc. to provide personal growth experiences for children, teens and adults with visual impairments through the use of recreation, education, socialization and rehabilitation in an outdoor setting.
Holly Springs School of Dance, Shining Stars Dance Program creates a class specifically designed for kids with special needs. This free class is open to anyone in the community who has a child that could benefit from this fun class. SDC members dance with these kids the 1st Saturday of each month from 10-11am.
Indo Jax Surf Charities has an impressive outreach surf program. They are committed to empowering disadvantaged, medically fragile and special needs children by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf. They believe that the ocean and learning to surf has profound healing properties and can buile self esteem in children with special needs. They provide these surf camps at no charge to the participants. Children who participage in their surf program inevitably move from a feeling of skeptism and reluctance around the ocean to empowerment and confidence, a sense that if …“I can do this, I can do anything!”
JumpZone of Cary invites Children with Special Needs and their families to come to Jump!Zone on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. FREE ADMISSION!!
Miracle League of the Triangle creates positive life experiences for children with special needs and their families through baseball. Games are played at Adams Elementary School in Cary.
Raleigh Blind Bowlers Association Each year, the Raleigh Outlaws host a one-day Invitational Tournament in April or May. This event draws bowlers from across North Carolina and Virginia, with occasional entries from other states as well. Anyone is welcome to bowl in this event; we only ask that you have an average. The tournament usually averages around 120 adult bowlers, and also features a youth tournament for ages 6 to 18. The first Outlaw Invitational was held in 1988, and 2012 marks the 25th annual event.
Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Visually Impaired Program offers a variety of exciting monthly activities for area residents with a visual impairment. Athletic programs include beepball and bowling. We offer a wide variety of trips to sporting events, family outings, both local and statewide day trips. Classes are scheduled according to interest. Each activity is designed to offer instruction and meet the interests of all ages. To receive our bi-monthly newsletter (which is available in large print, braille, and audio) and increase the quality of your leisure time, please call 919-807-5403919-807-5403. Reference the Leisure Ledger (search Specialized Recreation Services) for more information at
SEE Summer Camp - Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind
Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) is a week long camp that takes place at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama; coordinated by teachers of the visually impaired; accessible; computers used by students in the Space Camp Programs have been adapted for speech and large print output; materials and equipment used during missions are available in braille and large print; and participatory - students participate fully (each student is screened based on their eye medical condition --limitations may be placed on some). Students in Mission Control reading braille scripts.SCIVIS is actually 4 separate programs: Space Camp, Space Academy, Advanced Academy focus on space travel and Aviation Challenge.
Special Olympics’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Town of Cary - Specialized Recreation - The Town of Cary Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation and encourages individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. In order for individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible, reasonable modifications will be provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you or a family member requires reasonable modification to participate in a program, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.
Triangle Special Hockey Association provides youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey.
YMCA of the Triangle has been providing facilities, programs and services that build healthy spirits, minds and bodies for all for more than 150 years. The YMCA of the Triangle holds true to the mission of serving people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages, and incomes in order to make its community a healthier, safer, better place to live.
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports offers adaptive instruction in alpine skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and canoeing for participants of any age or disability level. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with a disability through outdoor sports and recreation http://skiwas.org/
Wired Article on Sport Adaptations
Bullying Prevention Resources Resource includes links to several bullying websites including a link to “10 tips for parents whose blind or visually impaired child is being bullied.”
Danielle’s Hope provides necessary resources and support to children and family members in North Carolina affected by rare disorders. Their vision is that every child’s medical needs are met, that every child has the tools, technology or devices necessary to thrive educationally and independently and that all families receive the emotional support needed to work through life’s tough moments.
Financial Aid Opportunities for Students with Disabilities There are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. BestColleges.com has a guide to the opportunities out there.
The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized songs for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges, free of charge.
Willie the Seeing Eye Dog Blog - SAS Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology
Willie the Seeing Eye dog has been part of the SAS Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology team for four years. He helps Software Development Manager Ed Summers get around SAS Corporate Headquarters without breaking his neck. He plans to blog about his many adventures with Ed as they work to ensure that users of all abilities can succeed using SAS software.