September 2021 - Children with Limited or Low Vision

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

Vision is one of our five senses. Being able to see gives us access to learning about the world around us. When vision loss goes undetected, children are delayed in developing a wide range of skills. When detected early through Child Wellness visits with your child's doctor and through West Virginia's HealthCheck Program services, treatment can begin right away.

Children with visual impairments can certainly learn and do very well by using other senses and methods to explore. Making adaptations to the environment where a child with limited or low vision lives, works, or plays is necessary to ensure safety while encouraging exploration and independence.

Some common signs that a child may have limited or low vision include:

  • eyes that don't move together
  • crossed eyes or eyes that flutter from side to side (or up and down)
  • repeated shutting or covering of one eye
  • frequent squinting, blinking, eye rubbing, or face crunching
  • sitting too close to the TV or holding toys and books too close to the face
  • avoiding tasks and activities that require good vision

Schedule a Well-Child Visit soon and request a vision screening. Talk to your child's doctor about any concerns you have. For more information, visit

Please have a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides. Contact us by calling 304-293-4692

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Featured Resources

Through Their Eyes: An Introduction to Low Vision (DVD)

DVD Collection

Can Do! Video Library Series by Visually Impaired Preschool Services

"It can be difficult to understand low vision conditions and to determine how they affect a young child's visual functioning. However, with some special adaptations in the home and preschool environments, children with low vision will be able to use their vision to best advantage and function to the best of their abilities. This video discusses several common causes of low vision, how they affect visual functioning, and adaptations that can be incorporated simply into home and classroom to meet the special needs of children who have low vision."

Borrow Through Their Eyes

Just Enough to Know Better - A Braille Primer

By Eileen P. Curran, M.Ed.

Now in a new, revised UEB edition, this primer is for every Mom and Dad who just want to know enough braille to help their blind son or daughter learn to read. It's fun...it's easy...it's a self-paced workbook that teaches you just enough braille to know better.

Using your sight, you will learn to identify the braille alphabet, numbers, contractions, and even a few exceptions to the rule that make braille so interesting. Most of all, you will show your child that braille is a unique skill.

Borrow Just Enough to Know Better

Disability Awareness Puppet Gina

a photo of Gina the puppet, she resembles an African American girl and has a walking stick

Custom made Pacer Center Puppets

Disability Awareness Puppets are designed to dispel fears, myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities. There are a six individual multicultural, full-bodied hand and rod puppets. Gina, who is blind, uses a white cane to get around. She rides a tandem bike, reads Braille and is excited about having friends to her house for a sleep over. Included is a Coordinator's Handbook and a Script Manual with 10 skits.

All six puppets are listed on our web site.

To arrange for Gina and her friends to come to your school, daycare, or church Schedule a Show

Listen for the Bus: David's Story

by Patricia McMahon

Kindergarten student, David is blind but his blindness is never treated as a disability. Readers learn about the special accommodations made in school so that David is included in all classroom activities. Full color photographs show David doing many activities including swinging, horseback riding and hammering. Reader of all sight abilities will enjoy David's Story and gain a better understanding of the many things a person with limited vision can accomplish.

Borrow Listen for the Bus

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 a photo fo the cover of Harry Potter

Written by J.K. Rowling Produced in Jiffy-Braille by National Braille Press

4 Part Book Set Available in EBAE braille code

Harry Potter spent ten long years living with Dursleys. But he is now about to be granted a scholarship to a unique boarding school called "The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" where he will become a school hero at the game of Quidditch, made wonderful new friends, and an enemy or two.

Borrow Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Braille)

UNO Cards in Braille

"Mattel and the National Federation of the Blind have partnered together to create a Braille edition of UNO, the iconic family card game. Now with easily readable Braille dots on every card, blind and low-vision players can participate in the fun."

Borrow UNO Cards in Braille

Parent Navigation Tips

a photo of a boy pouring flour into a bowl

Navigation Tips for Parents of Children with Low or Limited Vision

(Prepared by Julia Baruffi-WVU LEND Trainee)

Read aloud to your child; this can not only help them to understand concepts, but creates a sense of closeness between you and your child.

Talk to your child’s teachers and administrators at their school to ensure that they have all of the necessary accommodations to help them succeed in the classroom.

Engage your child in multisensory experiences that do not only include visual aspects such as letting them explore household objects or activities like drying dishes, playing with sand, or feeling items that have interesting textures.

Be specific with organization in your home. It can be helpful to have items located on a lower shelf with large print or braille so that your child can find them easier.

For more Parenting Tips Visit Children's Disabilities Information or Reading Rockets

A Child's Champion

a photo of Jennifer Lincoln and the West Virginia Birth to Three logo

Jennifer Lincoln Parent, Service Provider & Inspiration
WV Birth to Three Program

(Written by Davi Stanley - WVU LEND Trainee)

This month's Child's Champion is Jennifer Lincoln, who served as a primary caregiver for a child with a progressive eye condition, limited vision, and limited hearing for more than 6 years. Inspired by the work of the vision specialist from Birth to Three that visited her own home and assisted her in providing the best possible experiences for growth and development for her child, Jennifer set a goal of becoming a vision specialist herself.

Jennifer used her personal experience as a parent of a child with limited vision to redirect her own personal career goals and bring comfort to families in similar situations. Educated with a degree in Forestry and a masters in Safety, she decided to pursue a teaching certification in Education of Individuals with Visual Impairment and Blindness through Marshall University.

Jennifer is currently a licensed teacher of the visually impaired and is employed by WV Birth to Three. She provides evaluations, assessments, and educational plans for families of children diagnosed with visual impairments or blindness. Jennifer also helps parents and caretakers build confidence and skills in providing safe and developmentally appropriate environments where children can learn to explore the world and build meaningful relationships with their families.

We're not finished just yet! Jennifer is also certified in Orientation Mobility Services. With this certification, she is able to provide educational assistance with cane skills and traveling skills to adults with limited or low vision.

When asked about her favorite quote, Jennifer was happy to share one that she holds dear to her heart. "You thought you were going to Canada and you ended up in Holland," adapted from Emily Kingsley's poem, "Welcome to Holland". This poem describes the experience of raising a child with a disability in a beautiful and unique way.

This month of September 2021 we celebrate Jennifer Lincoln along with the many West Virginia Birth to Three professionals working to provide families with the information and skills needed to help their child be successful.

Learn more about the West Virginia Birth to Three Program