Families, are invited join KSSB for a dynamic and interactive conference just for you! This one-day event is for families of children who are blind or visually impaired.
Family Activity Boxes
KSSB provides Family Activity Boxes with a focus on fun and engaging ways to practice skills within the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Each box will contain all of the supplies needed.
Learn about parent rights, accessibility, and more.
Resources for Families
Books with Characters who are Blind
Braille and Literacy Resources
- American Action Fund for Blind Children provides registered users in grades K-6 with National Geographic for Kids Magazine and other recently published books not produced in Braille. To learn more go to the American Action Fund.
- American Printing House for the Blind in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides 6 free books per year for children birth to age 6 through the Braille Tales program. To learn more visit the Braille Tales Program.
- Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and Their Families. Read the Bill of Rightsopens PDF file in PDF.
- Bookshare is an online accessible digital library for eligible students with print disabilities. To learn more go to www.bookshare.org.
- Braille Institute provides several options for students to obtain Braille books. For more information read the list of programs below and go to the Braille Institute Special Collection.
- Special Collection fiction & general interest books,
- Dots for Tots – Multi-sensory storybook kits for age 2-5,
- Top Dots – Braille literacy products for ages 4-7 or Early Braille readers, and
- Digital Dots – downloadable braille files for high school books.
InfiniText provides digital text for qualified K-12 students with print disabilities to members of the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalition and K-12 schools in Kansas. To learn more go to the Infinitec website
- Learning Ally: A nonprofit, volunteer organization that houses a library of audio textbooks for students with print disabilities. To learn more visit the Learning Ally website.
- Librivox: Library of audiobooks in the public domain read by volunteer readers. Visit Librivox.
- The National Braille Press offers several programs with the overall goal to promote braille literacy. For more information read the list below and go to the NBP Braille Literacy Promotion
- Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop provides tactual concepts books and materials for young children have are visually impaired. For additional information go to Teacher Aids for Blind Children.
- Seedlings is a source for reasonably priced books in braille. In addition, they offer 3 free books per year to users who register annually. For additional information go to the Braille Angel Book Program
- Talking Book Lending Library provides a library of audiobooks, digital downloadable books, and braille books through the Utah Braille lending library. Individuals with a visual impairment must register for this program. For the application process go to Kansas Talking Book Library.
Fun Activities and Resources
KSSB Family Support Specialists
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind
- CVI Scotland
- Family Connect
- International Guide Dog Foundation
- National Center on Deaf-Blind
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Organization of Parents of Children who are Blind
- Paths to Literacy
- Scottish Sensory Centre