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The disabilities children may have in addition to blindness/visual impairment vary greatly—from learning disabilities to cognitive disabilities to physical conditions to medical issues. We cannot provide information on all the possible conditions, but we thought it would be useful to provide a list of service areas that families might want to look into in their home states. In addition, many of the resources listed in other parts of this website are helpful for blind/visually impaired children with multiple disabilities, so please check the other sections, especially Education Materials Resource Page, Education Information Resource Page, Helpful Books, Independent Movement and Travel, and Play, Sports, Games and Leisure Time.

Families might want to look into...

Early intervention services


Child development information

Developmental pediatrician

Information on how children learn

Communication skills—talking, signing, augmentative devices

Information on behavior

Movement and muscle skills

Eating and drinking skills

Dressing skills

Toileting skills

Thinking and playing skills

Physical therapy (PT)

Occupational therapy (OT)

Speech therapy

Sensory integration therapy


What services are available in school and in the community?

Special equipment and toys

Dance/movement classes

Music therapy

Hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding)

Special camps and recreation programs

Grants for equipment

Equipment exchange

Programs to help with medical bills, Social Security, respite services

Special education rights, rules, and regulations

Support groups

Siblings programs

Local, state, and national organizations with information specific to your child's condition/s

Newsletters, magazines, books, articles, etc.

Some particularly useful resources...

American Camping Association
5000 State Rd. 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151

Help with finding a camp; inclusion suggestions.

American Music Therapy Association
8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Information on music therapy and finding a music therapist.

Blind Children's Fund
201 S. University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Office 989-779-9966
Fax 989-779-0015

Information, resources, and materials to help parents teach and nurture their blind, visually impaired, and multiply disabled children. Publishes the VIP Newsletter.

Canine Companions for Independence
PO Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446

Dogs trained to assist and enhance the independence of people with physical or developmental disabilities.

Crestwood Communication Aids
6625 North Sidney Place
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Communication devices, switches, toys, "passport to independence."

Inter-American Conductive Education Association (IACEA)
PO Box 3169
Toms River, NJ 08756

System of education for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities; teaches a positive approach to learning which develops an active, independent, motivated approach to activities and problem-solving.

Lilli Nielsen Materials Books and materials created by Lilli Nielsen, internationally known teacher of blind children, especially children with delays or additional disabilities; feature Active Learning approach to stimulate development in all areas.

Vision Associates
109 US Hwy 90 West #170-312
Lake City, FL 32055

MOVE International (Mobility Opportunities Via Education)
1300 17th St. City Center
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4533

Movement therapy program for people with severe disabilities to enable them to sit, stand, and walk more independently; programs throughout US and international.

Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy
82 Washington Square East, 4th fl.
NY, NY 10003

Music therapy designed to help people with severe disabilities communicate and move more freely; programs throughout US and Europe.

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233

Information about therapeutic riding to enhance movement, posture, and communication for people with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Programs throughout the country.

Toys for Special Children and Enabling Devices
385 Warburton Ave.
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Toys and devices for children with physical impairments.

United Cerebral Palsy
1660 L St., NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20036

Dedicated to enhancing the independence, productivity, inclusion, and self-determination of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities; affiliates in most states.



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