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New Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted
Through the Looking Glass, September 7, 2006
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Through the Looking Glass and its National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities are proud to announce the release of the first comprehensive resource guide for parents who are blind or partially sighted. The new 212 page "Hands-On Parenting: A Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted" provides a wide range of practical information, adaptations and resources for parents who are blind or partially sighted.

The Resource Guide addresses many situations a parent who is blind might face, such as: If you are a parent who is blind, how do you diaper, feed or give medications to your baby? How will you know where your toddler is? How do you choose the colors for your child's clothes? How can you help your children with homework? What types of toys or games are available for a parent who is blind to use with their child? How can a parent who is blind educate the general public about how they manage parenting tasks? This guide is one of several projects of the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. This National Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.

The Resource Guide was developed by blind parent specialist Debbie Bacon, who is also a blind mother of three adult children. Ms. Bacon compiled the resources and suggestions from discussions with parents who are blind and partially sighted across the U.S. as well as in several other countries. Parents of a wide age-range of children describe their parenting experiences -- especially noting any barriers, strengths, adaptations or suggestions for other blind and partially sighted parents. Because parents who are blind or partially sighted are often geographically isolated from each other, many parents explained how they had to figure out a variety of routine parenting tasks on their own. This Resource Guide is intended to pass along successful adaptations and strategies so that new parents don't have to keep re-inventing the wheel. The topics covered in the Resource Guide include such issues as: newborns, when your child is sick, feeding, toilet training, transportation, monitoring your child, child safety, toys and games, and working with professionals. Each of the 14 chapters includes parent discussions as well as contact information for a wide variety of resources (many of which are available through the Internet).

The Guide is currently available in regular print, Large Print or CD-ROM. This Resource Guide can be ordered directly from Through the Looking Glass for $40 (includes shipping and handling for orders within the U.S.). To order this Resource Guide or other publications regarding parenting with a disability, please call 1-800-644-2666. Or, you can also go to Through the Looking Glass' web site

Founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California, Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability. Since 1998, TLG has been funded by NIDRR as the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities, providing consultation and referral regarding the nearly 9 million U.S. parents with disabilities. The overall goal of this national center is: To increase knowledge regarding parenting with a disability and support more accessible and disability-appropriate resources for diverse parents with disabilities and their children. The Center's services and activities include: national toll-free information and referral; technical assistance and consultations; professional trainings, workshops and presentations; national library and resources clearinghouse; publications and training modules; a national parent-to-parent network of parents with disabilities; international newsletter; website and bulletin boards; and regional and statewide systems development.

In addition to the National Resource Center, TLG also provides direct services and many programs to San Francisco Bay Area families with disabilities.


For additional information, please contact:
Through the Looking Glass
2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone (800) 644-2666 (voice) or (800) 804-1616 TTY)


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