• Parent Resources
     

    Provided within this section are materials and information on a variety of organizations that provide a wide scope of support services, opportunities and information relevant to rearing a child with a visual impairment and/or other disabilities.

     

    "Eating Right": A specially designed brochure for parents of children with disabilities created by the staff at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. To download a PDF copy, click here 

    The Family Resource Guide is the only comprehensive compilation of services and systems available to Allegheny County families of children ages birth-21 with developmental delays, special health care needs or disabilities.

    The Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that believes in independence for Blind and Visually Impaired through rehabilitation.

    ACHIEVA, formerly Arc Allegheny, is western Pennsylvania's largest provider of comprehensive services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families. 

    Bureau for Blind and Visual Services (BBVS) provides a variety of services for visually impaired adults including vocational evaluation and training.  WPSBC students may be referred for services at BBVS.

    Pennsylvania Association for the Blind providing people with vision impairment the skills to achieve independence and self-determination since 1910.   
     
    The Allegheny Country Respite Care Coalition (ACRCC) is a collaborative network of families, respite care providers, and advocates who work to ensure the availability of quality respite services for children, teens, and young adults with special needs.

    The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind.

    The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.

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    The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. 

    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss.

    The American Council for the Blind (ACB) is the nation’s leading membership organization for blind and visually impaired people in improving social, economic, and cultural opportunities for its members.

    The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

    The Blind Children's Resource Center is dedicated to the idea that blind/visually impaired children can grow up to become productive, fully functioning, independent members of society.

    Deirdre Walsh shares ideas and adaptations for "literacy activities for children with multiple disabilities," including story boxes, story boards, and adaptive equipment for the computer.

    Media Access Group at WGBH makes television programs, feature films, home videos, and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired by providing descriptive narration of key visual elements in programs.

    National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (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. 

    The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB) is a statewide membership organization consisting of blind, partially sighted, and sighted persons. PCB’s goal is to encourage and assist people who are blind or vision impaired in seeking independence through employment, through the learning of blindness skills, and through personal and social adjustment.

    Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deafblind: The PPDB exists to provide support for individuals with deafblindness and their families through a family-driven network. We support our members as they deal with the daily issues of life. 

    Information on the All-inclusive Playgrounds at Boyce Park and North Park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The playgrounds are specially designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities, but they are meant to be enjoyed by children of all capabilities.
     
    State and National Web Resources: Summary of web-based resources both, PA state specific as well as national.  Jennifer Lowe, Assistive Technology Specialist with PaTTAN-Pittsburgh and an expertise in Augmentative Communication collaborated with the PA Deafblind Initiative to develop this document.
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    Recommendations and Considerations for Choosing Therapy Equipment for Your Child: This reprint of a presentation by School staff will help you to understand the process of selecting and obtaining therapeutic equipment for your child. It will also guide you with helpful tips and questions to ask to take an active role in this important process.

    Project puts 1M books online for blind, dyslexic: Internet Archive in San Francisco makes 1 million books available to the visually impaired, using money from foundations, libraries, corporations and the government.
     
    The Dr. Bill Takeshita Foundation provides information and assistance to help children who are visually impaired. The Foundation was established in 2004 after Dr. Takeshita, a pediatric low vision optometrist ironically lost his own sight but gained a new perspective on vision impairment.
     
    Living Well with a Disability is an organization that aims to advance the rights of people with disabilities by eliminating and preventing barriers, the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) developed Living Well With A Disability. This program aids in opening doors to new opportunities and resources to assist people with disabilities in living well.
     
    Be Your Child’s Champion” Booklet: Discover ways you can be a champion for your child. TheBe Your Child's Champion” booklet is designed to help you through four parts of communicating on behalf of your child.
     
    Pennsylvania Health Law Q&A Sessions: Do you have questions about medical assistance? Do you feel so overwhelmed by MA, CHIP and waivers, that you're not even sure what questions to ask? Join the PEAL Center and David Gates, Esq. from the Pennsylvania Health Law, for free, monthly Q & A sessions.
     
    Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Programs offer athletes with disabilities the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been "hooked" by the sports of rowing and paddling/dragon boating. The program location, on the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburgh, also affords participants and volunteers the opportunity to explore the revitalized waterways and shoreline of our beautiful city.
     
    Listen to Me: A free and reproducible person-centered booklet.. A unique resource to introduce your child with disabilities to new people.
     
    Lifespan Respite Care Mini-Grants are now available through the Alliance for Community Respite Care (ACRC) of UCP/ CLASS, in conjunction with the PA Department of Aging Office of Long-Term Living.
     
    Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs: The Sibling Support Project is thrilled to announce GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs.  We believe that no one understands a grandparent’s unique joys and concerns better than another grandparent of a child with special needs. On the GKSN website, grandparents will have a chance to meet other grandparents through our Yahoo group or Facebook groups, share ideas for supporting their kids and grand kids, and even post pictures of their grandkids!
     
     
    Guidebook for Visually Impaired Students: A comprehensive resource where students can find scholarships and information about assistive technology. Included is an interview with a graduate student who is visually impaired, discussing the challenges and sharing support and advice for future and current students.
     
    Accessible Travel Reviews: Travel Reviews by and for People with Disabilities and Their Families
     
    Allegheny County Special Needs Registry: Online Special Needs Registry that allows residents with physical, mental health or intellectual disabilities to provide information to the Department of Emergency Services. The voluntary information may then be  shared with those responding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency.