Services for Children
A number of national organizations are dedicated to the well-being of children with blindness or low vision, and they’re important sources of information and support for you.
Overview of Services for Children Who Are Blind or Low Vision
When your child is born with blindness or low vision or acquires one through illness or injury, you may feel shocked, bewildered, and frightened. You may also find that your immediate family members, local doctors, and neighborhood schools are unfamiliar with the impact of blindness or low vision on a child’s learning and education. But you’re not alone.
National, State, and Local Organizations
A number of national organizations are dedicated to the well-being of children who are blind or low vision, and they’re important sources of information and support for you.
- Center for Parent Hub provides information in detail about Part C (Early Intervention)
- Lists the states and the schools or agencies that serve students who are blind or low vision.
- Provides direct links to each state’s contacts. The state will list the direct link to the Department of Education, State Higher Education Agency, Special Education Agency, and the State Adult Education Agency.
- IDEA provides information about the IDEA Statute and Regulations for all children with disabilities. This site covers Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, IDEA by State, and resources for Parents/Families.
- Understanding eligibility and the process to apply for Supplemental Security Income SSI for children is explained in detail.
- APH Directory of Service allows you to search by state the resources that are available to you. Agencies that support Early Intervention, Advocacy, Library and other needs specifically offered locally will be listed. If you know of an agency that isn’t listed, please reach out to [email protected]
- For Early Intervention services and information for IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan (Birth to 3 years old)
- After Early Intervention, learn more about what services are available to your child and family for IEP – Individualized Education program (3 years to 22 years old)