Check out our recommendations and explore the links below to find great books recommended by the ROPARD staff.


After the Tears:  Raising A Child With A Disability
by Robin Simons

Discusses a variety of issues including:  guilt and anger, marital stress, chronic sorrow, working with school systems and meeting your own needs.


And There Was Light

The true story of an eighteen year old blind French boy who led a resistance fight in France against the Nazis.


Are You Blind?  by Lilli Nielsen

This book addresses children who are autistic and visually impaired and describes Dr. Nielsen's educational method.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.  Email: Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Beginnings: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers of Visually Impaired Babies.

by Sheri Moore. American Printing House for the Blind #7-1171.

An excellent resource which provides a wealth of information and suggestions for activities based on developmental level.


Braille for the Sighted

An introduction to braille done in a puzzle and game format.

Garlic Press, 605 Powers Street,                 Eugene, OR  97402
www.garlicpress.com


Bright Beginnings: An Orientation to Parent/Child Courses. The Hadley School for the Blind. I- 800-323-2496.

The introductory booklet for a home course of study for parents of visually impaired children. The entire course is free.


Building Blocks : Foundations for...Learning for Young Blind and Visually Impaired Children.by Betty and Joe Dominguez. Spanish and English

Overview of services available for preschool visually impaired children. Includes sections on art, computers, cooking and group activities. Several useful appendices.


Can't Your Child See? : A Guide for...Parents of Visually Impaired Children. by Eileen P. Scott, James E. Jan, and Roger D. Freeman. Pro-Ed, 5314 Industrial Oaks Blvd., Austin, TX 78735.

Excellent guide for parents of visually and multiply handicapped children from infancy to kindergarten.


Children With Cerebral Palsy : A... Parents' Guide.
by Elaine Geralis.

A truly comprehensive book which deals with all aspects of Cerebral Palsy in young children, including diagnosis, treatment, intervention and advocacy.


Children with Disabilities: A Medical Primer by Mark L. Batshaw, M.D. and Yvonne M. Perret, Paul H. Brookes, 1993.

Comprehensive book written in laymen's terms which discusses everythng from problem pregnancies to a wide diversity of disabilities found in children.


Children With Visual Impairments : A...Parent's Guide by Cay Holbrook

Addresses the issues parents of visually impaired children face, and has personal comments at the end of each chapter.


Comprehending Hand, The by Lilli Nielsen

An exceptional book for parents whose children have additional impairments.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.   Email:

Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared to Seeby Robert Kurson 2008

A must read for anyone interested in restoration of vision


Dear Zoe: Letters to my Miracle... by Max De Pree, Harper Collins, 1994

An insightful look at the emotions and confusion that families experience when a child is born with complications.


Early Learning Step by Step, by Lilli Nielsen.

Although this book is meant for parents of children who are blind with additional impairments, it is an excellent resource for any parent of a visually impaired child. Dr. Nielsen's common sense approach and her philosophy of Active Learning should be a critical part of the education of parents and teachers.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342. Email:  Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark- or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Fiela Curriculum, The.   by Lilli Nielsen.

A guide for parents and professionals to help establish optimal learning conditions for children at the developmental levels of 1 - 42 months.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.  Email: Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Get a Wiggle onby Sherry Raynor and Richard Drouillard.   Blind Children's Fund, 4740 Okemos Road, Okemos, MI  48864

Booklet designed for parents of visually impaired infants/toddler with suggestions and illustrations for assisting the child in development from birth to independent mobility.


Help Me Become Everything I Can Be :...by Mary Ellen Mullholland, Marion Wurster, Ed.  Proceedings North American Conference on Visually Handicapped Infants and Preschool Children.  Minneapolis, MN

Parent guide for fostering independence in visually impaired children.


Helping Children Who Are Blind by Sandy Niemann

This book is also available in Spanish through the Hesperian Foundation.  It provides information on how to assess a child's vision and offers meaningful learning activities.


How Do I Kiss A Blind Girl? by Sally Wagner

An autobiographical novel which discusses what to say and what not to say to a blind person.  Ms. Wagner describes the loss of her vision and her adjustments to total blindness.


How to Thrive, Not Just Survive : A...Guide to Developing Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth. American Foundation for the Blind.

Addresses daily living skills, orientation and mobility and leisure recreation activities in a practical, sequential manner.


If Blindness Strikes : Don't Strike Out... A Lively Look At Living with a Visual Impairment by Margaret Smith

This is an excellent book which deals with the normal activities of everyday life and how Margaret Smith adapted her life to compensate for her blindness.  Margaret was an extremely active, outdoorsy person and this book gives her common sense approach to enjoying life with blindness.


If You Could See What I Hear by Tom Sullivan

An autobiography of a man who was born with Retinopathy of Prematurity (then known as Retrolental Fibroplasia) and his youthful activities.


Insights from the blindby Selma Fraiberg.

Directed toward the professional educator, this book is also a fascinating account of the  development of the very  young blind child.  Parents seeking in-depth answers to questions about early development can benefit from the report of ten years of research with blind children.


Just Enough to Know Better: A Braille...Primer by Eileen Curran.

6th Edition of a resource for parents of blind children to learn Braille by sight.


Learning Together: A Parent Guide to Socially-Based Routines For Visually Impaired Infants. by Deborah Chen, Clare Taylor Friedman, and Gail Calvello. Blind Babies Foundation, 50 Oak Street, Room 102, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Home activities developed through the PAVII Project. Breaks down methods of instruction for parents and provides many activities for the visually impaired young child.


Lessons With A Child Who Is Blind:  Development and Early Intervention in the First Years of Lifeby Michael Brambring

Done in a letter format from the teacher to the parents, this book contains wonderful insights and photographs.


Look at It This Way : Toys and...Activities for Children with  a Visual Impairment by Roma Lear

Part of the Play Can Help Series


Loving Rachel:  A Family's Journey From Grief by Jane Bernstein

The true story of a family who discovers  their second daughter is blind and mentally retarded.


Move It!!!by Sherry Raynor and Richard Drouillard.   Blind Children's Fund, 4740 Okemos Road, Okemos, MI  48864

Companion booklet to Get A Wiggle On designed for parents of visually impaired infants/toddler with suggestions and illustrations for assisting the child in development from birth to independent mobility.


On Different Roads : An Autobiography by Geraldine Lawhorn

An autobiography written by a modern day Helen Keller.  Ms. Lawhorn was deaf and blind by the time she finished high school.  Her sense of humor and love of life shine through in this book.


Parenting Preschoolers : Suggestions for...Raising Young Blind and Visually Impaired Children. By Kay Alicyn Ferrell. American Foundation for the Blind.

 Answers to many of the questions parents of visually impaired children raise.



Preschool Vision Stimulation : It's More...
Than a Flashlight!

by Lois Harrel and Nancy Akeson. American Foundation for the Blind.

A definitive breakdown of early visual development with activities to enhance visual functioning.


Raising the Young Blind Child : A Guide...by Shulamith Kastein, Isabelle Spaulding and Battia Scharf. Human Services Press, 72 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011.


Reach Out and Teach : Meeting the...Training Needs of Parents of Visually and Multiply Handicapped Young Children. by Kay Alicyn Ferrell. American Foundation for the Blind.

Parent Handbook and Reachbook direct parents through a self-guided course in helping their visually impaired/multiply impaired child.


Show Me How : A Manual for Parents of...of Preschool Visually Impaired and Blind Children.by Mary S. Brennan. American Foundation for the Blind.

Activities for the visually impaired child, broken down by year.


Simon Says Is Not the Only Game. by Bernadette Leary and Margaret von Schneden. American Foundation for the Blind.

An accumulation of games that work, contributed by teachers and orientation and mobility specialists.


Small Victories:  Conversations about Prematurity, Disability, Vision Loss and Success by Mary Lou Dickerson.  American Foundation for the Blind.

The individual accounts of adults who were born prematurely.


Space and Self.  by Lilli Nielsen

This book discusses the use of the "Little Room" to enhance development of sensory integration, object conceptualization, self-identification and early spatial relations.

email:  Kathleen@visionkits.com

To see one Mom's personal experiences with a Little Room visit:

http://members.aol.com/LSWebDesgn/LNroom.html

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.   Email:  Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Toilet Habits: Suggestions for Training a Child Who Is Blind. by Pauline M. Moor. American Foundation for the Blind.

A concise booklet which provides tips on toilet training, including 12 guidelines for success.


Touch the Stars by Noreen Grice

Touch the Stars brings the universe to visually-impaired readers and others. Written by Noreen Grice, Education Associate of the Museum of Science's Charles Hayden Planetarium, this general-level astronomy book covers topics from the history of astronomy to constellations, the solar system, and galaxies.

Visual Impairment - Understanding the Needs of Young Children About the Psycho-Social and Perceptual-Motor Needs of Infants and Young Children.  by J. van der Poel

A guide for the interdisciplinary partnership to promote early development in children with visual impairments.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.  Email:  Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


Touch the Top of the World

by Erik Weihenmayer

The inspiring biography of a young man with retinoschisis who was the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest.


Visual Impairment - Understanding the Needs of Young Children About the Psycho-Social and Perceptual-Motor Needs of Infants and Young Children.  by J. van der Poel

A guide for the interdisciplinary partnership to promote early development in children with visual impairments.

Can be purchased in the United States and Canada through Vision Associates, 7512 Dr Phillips Blvd, #50-316, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 352-1200 or FAX (407) 352-56342.  Email:  Kathleen@visionkits.com

In countries outside of North America, this book can be purchased from SIKON, Holmens Kanal 22, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark or FAX +45 33 92 46 79


For other titles see:

www.tsbvi.edu/Education/books.htm