We recognize partner organizations who serve families of children who are blind or visually impaired.
Perkins School for the Blind serves students with visual impairments, CVI, deafblindness and CHARGE from birth through age 22. We teach the Expanded Core Curriculum to help students access core academics and acquire the social and independent living skills their sighted peers learn incidentally. Perkins Infant-Toddler Program provides services on campus, in the home and in the community for ages 0-3.
The Perkins Library on the campus of the Perkins School for the Blind circulates more than a half million accessible books, newspapers and publications in braille, large print and digital audio formats annually to thousands of registered patrons in New England and beyond. Visit PerkinsLibrary.org for more information and to get signed up.
Funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs, NEC provides free consultation and training to families/educational teams to support learners with combined vision and hearing loss (infants to age 21). Services address communication, sensory access and interventions, home routines, early transition planning, and family networking and learning. NEC serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Short Courses offer students who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to focus on skills that can be difficult to address within the school day, such as self-advocacy, independent living, and social skills. From robotics, to skiing, to cooking skills, our programs span far beyond traditional academic curriculum.
Discovery Museum in Acton, MA, is a hands-on museum and outdoor nature playscape for families that blends science, nature, and play. The campus is ADA-compliant, built based on Universal Design principles to be usable by the widest range of ages and abilities.
The Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization committed to addressing and preventing vision loss. The Lighthouse Guild Family Support Network includes three types of tele-support programs and eight parent tele-support groups, which provide information, resources, and opportunities to network with other parents. Monthly online presentations and parent e-newsletters also provide valuable information and resources during this COVID time.
Music can be relatable, accessible, therapeutic, and fun! The Music Tree of Boston offers music education and music therapy services for people of all ages and abilities. Our approach is family-centered, as music students are introduced to skills that help build a strong musical foundation and enthusiasm for learning.
Founded in 1982, NOAH serves the albinism community by providing accurate and authoritative information about all aspects of living with albinism and providing a place where people with albinism and their families in the U.S. and Canada can find acceptance, support, and fellowship.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children distributes braille books to children with vision loss all over the world, giving half away free and selling the other half for an average of $10 each. Seedlings has one of the largest selections of children’s books available in Unified English Braille. www.seedlings.org or 800-777-8552
Swim Angelfish provides adaptive swim lessons and aquatic therapy services for people with special needs. The organization also provides online training, and its staff members are strong advocates for the importance of having specifically trained instructors in every community. The Swim Whisperers® methodology stands above the rest by educating instructors not by disability but by roadblocks.
Yogibo is a worldwide retailer of one-of-a-kind furniture and lifestyle products designed to give you a feeling like no other. Headquartered in Nashua, NH since 2009, they’ve grown worldwide with over 150 retail stores. Their patented material molds to your body with zero pressure points. Yogibo is a leader in the sensory community as well, helping to build sensory rooms across the country including inside NBA & NFL arenas, libraries, museums, and more.