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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Blind and Visually Impaired

Family Support


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The following organizations may be contacted for family support. They include professionals and family members who are knowledgeable about special needs, navigating systems, education, legal rights, advocacy, and independent living. Please note that you may find support groups on the internet or social media which is specific to your child’s diagnosis.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Phone: (740) 382-5452

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is Ohio’s statewide nonprofit organization that supports families of children of all ages with disabilities. The organization provides families with knowledge about laws, resources, rights, and responsibilities, so that they are better able to work with agencies to ensure that appropriate services are received for the benefit of their children.

Office for Exceptional Children

Phone: (614) 466-2650

The Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) at the Ohio Department of Education provides assistance to families, school districts, and educational agencies around issues involved with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). They also support student improvement.

National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (National Headquarters)–National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments-AFB

Phone: (800) 232-5463

National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. This organization includes the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and its FamilyConnect online multimedia community. NAPVI is dedicated to emotional support, parent education, consulting, networking, and advocating for the educational needs and welfare for children who are blind or visually impaired.

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio

Phone: (937) 396-5573

This is the Ohio chapter of the National Federation for the Blind (NFB). This organization is directed by and toward people who are blind and visually impaired (B/VI). NFB has high expectations for individuals who are B/VI. The NFB provides opportunities, tools, resources, and trainings that the whole family can benefit from. Some highlights include technology, canes, braille/audio products, scholarships, camps, and youth opportunities.

OCALI’s Family Center

Phone: (614) 262-1070

The Family Center at OCALI connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training, and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library. Their website includes a section about Ohio’s systems of agencies and supports for people with disabilities and their families.

American Council of the Blind of Ohio (ACB)

Phone: (800) 835-2226

This is the Ohio chapter of the American Council of the Blind. The ACB strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all people who are blind and visually impaired. This organization has information about special education and legal policies.

Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

Phone: (614) 897-0020

Is your child deaf and blind? This organization is a good starting point for further information, consultation, and support.


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