Visually impaired children face many challenges and their parents want to do all they can to help them. Those living in the Sacramento area have access to a number of useful resources. In addition to getting help for their children, these resources allow parents to connect with other parents of visually impaired children, providing a source of emotional support as well as practical information and advice.
Society for the Blind
The Society for the Blind provides orientation and mobility training (teaching people how to get around using a white cane), Braille instruction (reading and writing), help with computers and adaptive technology, and independent living skills education. Independent living skills includes things like personal grooming, housecleaning, handling money, telling time and cooking. The Society for the Blind also offers a number of youth enrichment programs, including a summer retreat and athletic activities for visually impaired children.
1238 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
California Council of the Blind
The California Council of the Blind sponsors annual conferences (which offer a great opportunity for parents of visually impaired children to meet other parents dealing with the same issues), offers scholarships for blind students, provides crisis intervention services, has a mentoring program, and advocates for the needs of blind people. The Council also provides services to deaf-blind people.
1303 J Street, Suite 400,
Sacramento, CA 95814
California Department of Social Services
The California Department of Social Services refers people with visual impairments to various services for which they qualify. The Department of Social Services also provides education to the community about visual impairments and offers a monthly allowance for blind people with low incomes that use guide dogs to help cover the costs associated with owning a guide dog.
744 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento City Unified School District
The Sacramento City Unified School District works to include blind students by pairing general education and special education teachers who then work together to educate students with special needs in the least restrictive environment possible. The school district provides social skills education, as well, which can be particularly helpful for visually impaired children, since they miss out on some social cues like body language and facial expressions.
5735 47th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
Society for the Blind: Core Instructional Programs
Society for the Blind: Youth Enrichment Programs
California Council of the Blind: Welcome
California Department of Social Services: Blind Services
Sacramento City Unified School District: Special Education Inclusive Practices