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Guide to Visual Impairments
This site, put together by Betsy Walker, contains a wealth of information related to blindness and visual impairment. Betsy is a contributor to this list and has a daughter who is blind.
Adoption: A Family
This is the homepage of Adoptn and has lots of neat pictures and pages about her children.
Meet Cheryl, her husband, and some of their children.
Leber's Links is a site put together by Cheryl Marley to provide information about Leber's Congenital Amaurosis. This is a wonderful site and also now includes a mailing list for families of children with LCA.
Rachel's mom is a member of the BVI-Parents list and has graciously agreed to have Rachel's story posted on this site. We hope it will be encouraging to you.
Alyzza's "New Vision"
Alyzza is a very outspoken adult who is legally blind. Her site explores many topics which are not explored on other sites.
Sherry's page for
Sherry shares her pictures of her son.
Nalida shares family pictures, information about her daughter's surgeries for glaucoma and congenital cataracts, and links to related information.