Where to Start – Some Basic Resources for Parents, Guardians, Other Family Members of Children with Vision Loss, As Well As for Teachers and Other Professionals

Here is a list of some helpful resources for any parent, guardian, family member, teacher or other professional who wants to do their best to support a child or youth who is blind, low vision or deafblind. Write to us at to let us know of any other resources for supporting children with vision loss.


Online Videos by David Lepofksy, visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School

Visit Osgoode Hall Law School’s YouTube page for tips for parents of students with disabilities  on how to advocate for their child’s needs at school, as well as for an introduction to the duty to accommodate people with disabilities.



Check out Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow by Kay Ferrell. This book is an excellent resource for parents of children with vision loss, as well as educators who work with children with vision loss.

An excellent place to get some braille transcriptions is the CNIB Brailleroom.

See also Seedlings Braille Books for Children.


Web Resources

The American Foundation for the Blind (“AFB”) provides literacy resources for teaching children who are blind or who have low vision to read and write. The following resources can be found on the AFB’s website:

The American Foundation for the Blind also provides resources for teachers of braille. The following can be found on the AFB’s resources for teachers website:

Founded in 1918, CNIB is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. Their work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast. You can find some relevant supports for children, youth and families found on CNIB’s website.

Paths to Literacy is a website that provides educational resources for identifying dyslexia in children with visual impairments. Visit Paths to Literacy’s page about Understanding Dyslexia in Children with Visual Impairments.

Paths to Literacy also provides educational resources for children with visual impairments and those who have other disabilities. See

Moreover, the Hadley School for the Blind provides information for braille on their website. Some programs for Bling or Deaflind students at the W. Ross McDonald School for the Blind can be found at the links below.

The National Federation of the Blind provides distance education resources here.

The American Council of the Blind provides educational information here.


Built Environment and Orientation/Mobility Resources

If your visually impaired child might need one or two artificial eyes, check out Ontario’s network of professionals in this field:

For supports available to families of pre-school children who are blind, deafblind or low vision, check out Ontario’s Blind Low Vision program. Visit

The CNIB Foundation developed the first edition of Clearing Our Path in 1998, to address the need for information on creating accessible environments for people who are blind.

The CNIB also provides resources on how visually impaired and blind people navigate the built environment:

The Hadley School for the Blind provides resources for Navigating Unfamiliar Places and Spaces Series




Health and Medical:

If your child has CVI (cortical visual impairment) there are resources available to you, such as CVI Now  and the CVI Fact Sheet sheet-families-professionals.



There are many sports opportunities for children, youth and adults with vision loss. For example, check out:


Recreational Activities

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