Day #27 of the blogging challenge. This has been a busy 30 days but I think it has been worth it. Today I’m supposed to write about things I think you don’t know about…
I bet you didn’t know….
How awesome Dolly Parton is? The Dollywood Foundation and the American Printinghouse for the Blind (APH) have created a program that expands upon Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by providing young blind and visually impaired children with audiobooks or print/braille books.
I signed Tom up and now he will get 5 free print/braille books every year until he turns 6! Click to apply today. We have already received two great books from this program.
|Braille books make great Christmas gifts! And they ship FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND.|
About this great sale! National Braille Press is having their annual holiday sale and it comes with a special deal. Order three books from the list below and get the fourth book FREE! Order two books from the list and get a third book for half price! They say these books sell out every year, so order early.
Snowflake Bentley, $7.99
Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment, $7.95
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! $8.99
The Pout-Pout Fish, $16.99
Behold, No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist, $5.00
Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise, $5.00
A Visitor for Bear, $16.99
Not Norman, $6.99
Library Lion, $6.99
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, $17.99
Houndsley and Catina, $5.00
Tacky the Penguin, $10.99
Harry by the Sea, $6.99
Fox in Love, $5.00
Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On, $5.00
What a Bad Dream, $5.00
The Story of Ferdinand, $7.99
Who Lives in an Alligator Hole?, $5.99
They encourage telephone orders (toll-free (800) 548-7323 or (617) 266-6160 ext 520.) You can order online, but you’ll need to call or email them for your free book.
|This is a rowdy guy.|
How to find good gifts for blind/VI kids.
Alright, enough with the books. Tom needs more than books for Christmas. So how do you figure out what toys to buy for blind/visually impaired children? I have some ideas for you.
Good Places to find Gift Ideas
- Thomas Marshall Does It All – Gifts for Blind Preschoolers Amazon List & my post with more information about things to think about when selecting a gift for a blind/vi child.
- Sensory Sun 2012 Accessible Toy Winner List
- Sensory Sun ALL PLAY Accessible Toy Guide for Children with Visual Impairments
- Hearthsong – a great catalog.
- Friendship Circle’s post – 11 Online Toy Stores for Children with Special Needs
Remember, great gifts don’t have to come from a “special needs” toy store or catalog. Think about what the child enjoys and match the toy to them. In fact, my brother is hard at work on a handmade toy for Tommy that he is crafting from household items. I hope to share some pictures of the project with you soon.