Advocating for blind parents is a cause I feel completely dedicated to. There are so many visually impaired parents looking for support and direction when it comes to parenting. As a Peer Advisor for the American Foundation for the Blind, I have been given the opportunity to help coordinate a ground breaking series called, “Blind Parenting.” Over the next several weeks, AFB’s websites, Vision Aware and Family Connect, will be running a series of parenting articles. Some have been written exclusively by me and others will reflect the parenting experiences of other Peer Advisors. I encourage you all to check out Vision Aware & Family Connect to learn more about parenting with sight loss. Take the opportunity to explore each of these sites and discover the wonderful resources available and accessible to all of us. Stay tuned!
Read the Introduction for this groundbreaking series below! Check out VISION AWARE!
Parents with vision loss, you are not alone. There are countless parents just like you who are blind or visually impaired raising families of their own all over the world. From infancy to adulthood, these visually impaired mothers and fathers are successfully navigating the joys and struggles of parenting their children.
Our new Blind Parenting series will provide you first-hand accounts of how other blind and visually impaired parents have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. The series will explore everything related to raising a child. We will discuss:
Preparing for pregnancy
Blindness and infertility
How congenital vision loss affects motherhood
Feeding your baby
Raising school-aged children
The VisionAware Peer Advisors and myself will provide personal reflections of our experiences, including those parents who have successfully raised children into adulthood and others who have been promoted to the coveted role of grandparent.
Whether you’re considering starting a family or are currently parenting through the awkward tween stages, we hope this series offers you a look into the world of Blind Parenting.
Pictured: My daughters and I in the park. Nuala (3) walks ahead of me as I use my cane to carry Aoife (1) in my arms.