WonderBaby – Website of the Month May 2014
- 1 May 2014
A website that's dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities
Why is WonderBaby the website of the month?
Visit WonderBaby and you'll find a database of articles helping parents of young children with visual impairments on subjects such as education, adaptive technologies, parenting, eye disorders and more.
There is a questions and answers) section that allows you to ask questions or read answers from previous questions. Other sections include a news blog and a newsletter section as well as sections for accessible toys and iPad apps.
In addition to great content WonderBaby also gets points for incorporating accessibility features such as contrast and text size options into its design.
Dominic from Edinburgh shares his thoughts on the site...
'My first impression of this website was, 'Why did I not know about it sooner?!' As a visually impaired parent of a visually impaired child, who has worked with visually impaired children across Scotland for more years than I care to think about, I am amazed that it has not been brought to my attention before.
WonderBaby is an online resource that helps parents with the effective development of babies and toddlers living with sight loss. It covers a host of areas of interest including education strategies and resources, types of eye conditions, assistive technology, Braille literacy, movement and mobility amongst others. While it is directed at US families it has fabulous hints and tips, useful articles and an array of helpful resources that will overcome the many challenges that sight loss can bring.
One area that is focused on, perhaps because it is significant concern for parents is Play. Many parents are anxious about what toys are most suitable for their blind/partially sighted child. Wonder Baby points you in the direction of useful, fun toys that are found in everyday stores. It even shows you how to make your own and outlines the benefit of effective play for those living with low or no vision. It thinks about how and why toys/apps can be helpful in early development and provides strategies to promote use of residual vision, improved spatial awareness, reach, etc: All vitally important when promoting movement, coordination and balance. What is also excellent about the site is that it encourages parental participation - If you find a great toy, share it!
Now that I know it is there I will encourage all the families I support throughout Scotland to take the time to check this site out. There is something for everyone regardless of what stage you are at on the sight loss journey.'
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