Being the parent of a blind child can be a challenge. Although daily life can be difficult, it is important to remember that you are not alone.
Joining online forums for parents of blind children or children with other disabilities can help you to find support and make new friends going through a similar situation. If your real life friends don’t seem to completely understand your situation, you can vent to other mothers and fathers walking in your shoes. You do not need to be embarrassed or nervous about revealing your identity as you can post under a made up screen name.
Real Time Support Groups
Contact a local hospital or church to see if there are any in person support groups in your area. Venting to other local parents of blind children can help you to get through the week and have someone to talk to. If you find another parent that you connect with, you can also set up a play date for your two children.
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
The NAPVI is a United States based organization looking to help blind children and their parents. Parents can attend conferences where they can meet with top doctors and other parents. The organization has seven different chapters through out the country based on region so that during the year people can participate in local charity events. Members can also subscribe to newsletters to keep up with trends in education for blind children and medical advancements.