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FOR PARENTS OF BLIND AND VISUALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

B. ORGANIZATIONS

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults: Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children: a lending library of braille and print-braille books of interest to children from preschool to high school; distributes print/braille books free of charge; free "Goosebumps" and "Animorphs" books. Apply to American Action Fund:
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: 818-343-2022.

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

"The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities." It includes links to court decisions and findings of the Office for Civil Rights dealing with higher education and disabled students; also links to individual college offices of disabled student services.

The Blind Kid List is sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. To subscribe send a message to: listserv@nfbnet.org; leave the subject line blank and in the body of the message write: subscribe blindkid or if you want the digest form: subscribe kids-d.

BVI-PARENTS is a mailing list for parents of blind and visually handicapped children. To subscribe, send any message to: bvi-parents-normal@egroups.com. Leave the subject and the message areas blank.
Their home page has a good bibliography of books that parents will find useful, links to other pages and organizations, and selected postings from the archives of the list.

The Council for Exceptional Children is an organization of educators; their information on designing IDEA plans is clear and comprehensive; their coverage of legislative matters is extensive.

Exceptional Teaching Aids supplies both ordinary aids and appliances and also educational tools for blind children.

The Hadley School for the Blind has a Parent/Family Program offering free distance-education courses in braille reading and writing, independent living, adjusting to blindness and other topics especially designed for parents, spouses, and adult children and siblings of blind or severely visually impaired adults.
700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093-0299
847-446-8111

International Dyslexia Association, Wisconsin Branch.

LDA (Learning Disabilities Association) of Wisconsin
15738 W. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: 414-821-0855.

"Literacy: Issues for People who are Blind, Parents and Professionals," by Sarah J.Blake, is an excellent collection of resources on braille literacy for both blind and partially sighted children. It includes a section on teaching methods and resources.

National Alliance of Blind Students: an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, with chapters in seven states and a weekly radio show.

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI); 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.
P.O. Box 317, Watertown, MA 02272-0317
617-972-7441

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.
Wisconsin Chapter
Deb Enburg, Coordinator
7710 Riverside Road
Verona, Wisconsin 53593
Phone: (608) 845-6356.

Through the Looking Glass is a source of information, print and web-based, for parents and children with disabilities. It also functions as a National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. They publish a print newsletter, "Parenting with a Disability."

The U.S. Department of Education has made two special studies of charter schools and students with disabilities: "Review of Charter School Legislation Provisions Related to Students with Disabilities" (February 1998) and "Charter Schools & Students with Disabilities: Review of Existing Data 1998" (November 1998).

Wisconsin Association of Blind Students is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.

Wisconsin First Step is a "statewide information and referral service dedicated to helping families and professionals find resources for children birth to 21 years with special needs.
Phone: 1-800-642-7837.


Wisconsin Advocacy Organizations:

Native American Family Empowerment
Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council, Inc.
2932 Highway 47N, P. O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
Phone: 715-588-3324
Phone: 715-588-7900
Phone: 800-472-7207 (only in WI).

Parent Education Project of Wisconsin, Inc. (PEP-WI), located in West Allis, "is a statewide program providing training, information, and consulting for parents of children with exceptional education needs." The Project has produced "Every Child Deserves a Chance: A Welcome to the Special Education Process," which is a kit consisting of a video and workbook ($79.00).

Wisconsin CPRC
Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support
2714 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., STE. E
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-374-4645
TTD: 414-374-4635
FAX: 414-374-4655.

The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy has compiled "Rights and Reality II: An Action Guide to the Rights of People with Disabilities in Wisconsin." The guide has 46 chapters covering every major program, funding source, and rights issue affecting adults and children with disabilities in Wisconsin. All sections of the original 1986 guide have been updated. New sections have been added on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Fair Housing Act, Assistive Technology, W-2, Family Care, BadgerCare, Rights of Inmates in Correctional, and Abuse and Neglect of people with Disabilities. The guide is full of practical strategies for people to use to advocate for their own rights or the rights of others. It also includes citations to applicable statutes, regulations, and case law. The guide is available in two versions: a 400-page spiral manual or a CD-ROM.

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