Babies start learning about the world as soon as they are born. Babies who have visual impairments need some help to learn what they need to know. Special therapists and teachers help these babies learn, and they also help the parents work with them.
It's important that the entire family is involved in the baby's development (and that is true for sighted babies too!). So the process at this point is to develop a family plan, especially for their needs. This is called an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP). This plan is part of a program called Early Intervention. It is not usually delivered through the school district. Our Early Intervention services were provided through the Health Department.
For much more about Early Intervention services, and to locate services for your child, please visit this FamilyConnect.org website.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.