Palm Desert, CA – August 12, 2021 – The Braille Institute Coachella Valley Neighborhood Center in Palm Desert is celebrating “Child Development Month” during the month of August by offering several free online webinars promoting the field of child development for children birth to six years of age with visual impairments.
Throughout Child Development Month, Braille Institute’s Child Development team is hosting webinars, podcasts, and events. Informational webinars will feature experts and leaders in the field from leading child development organizations including Hearts For Sight, Partners for Pediatric Vision, and Teams of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK).
Child Development refers to the sequence of physical, language, thought and emotional changes that occur in a child from birth to the beginning of adulthood. Braille Institute’s Child Development team starts working with young children who are visually impaired and their families from birth until age 6, assisting parents in locating resources and support to maximize their child’s growth and development.
Some of the services Child Development professionals provide for young children who are visually impaired include:
Making home visits with families
Attending medical visits with families
Connecting families with resources in their communities
Consulting with community infant and preschool programs
Exploring social experiences with children and their families outside of the home
“For someone who is born with vision impairment, maximizing their development and potential as young children plays a crucial role in their life and that’s why Braille Institute has put a focus on delivering free Child Development services to the Southern California community for more than 45 years,” said Karen Nutt, Director, Child Development Services, Braille Institute. “We hope to shine a light on the importance of the field and share the expertise of our team and our partners during Child Development Month.”
Braille Institute will also support Child Development Month with content on their website and social media channels.
For more information on Child Development Month, please visit Braille Institute’s website and for more information on Braille Institute’s Child Development Services, visit https://brailleinstitute.org/child-development.
About Braille Institute
Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Thanks to the support of local donors, staff and volunteers, it offers a broad range of free programs and services at six centers and 220 community outreach locations throughout Southern California. Each year Braille Institute serves tens of thousands of people of all ages with vision loss. Staff and volunteers provide an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs. Visit BrailleInstitute.org for more information or follow it on Facebook at facebook.com/brailleinstitute or twitter @BrailleInst.