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When does visual impairment in children require specialized education?

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If your child's visual impairment is severe, he or she may need help from other specialists to develop life skills. Specialists in low-vision rehabilitation and mobility are trained to help visually impaired children adapt to their environment and develop independence.

Today, there are also many low-vision devices and adaptive technologies that will help your child communicate, learn, and lead an independent life. Rehabilitation specialists can help find the resources that will be most helpful, given your child's condition.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on March 12, 2018

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on March 12, 2018

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