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Subject: New Web Community for Families, Programs, and Education Teams Serving Children with Visual Impairments

Source:  James Sucharski, Superintendent, Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: Programs and teams serving students with visual impairments, including teachers certificated in the education of students with visual impairments, certified orientation and mobility specialists, families, and guardians

Date: May 6, 2008

The American Foundation for the Blind  (AFB)  and National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments has launched FamilyConnect, an online, multimedia community.  The goal of FamilyConnect is to provide connections and support by providing accurate information and creating a forum for meaningful discussion.

Located at http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.asp, FamilyConnect gives families access to message boards where they can talk to other families, videos featuring real-life families, parenting articles, a mom-authored blog, a glossary of more than thirty eye conditions and links to local resources.  The site also features sections dedicated to multiple disabilities, technology, education, and every age group from infants to teens.  Please share this resource with your staff and parents.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-5739   Fax:  573-526-4404

 

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