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A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

FAMILY WISDOM

  • Lessons learned from Middle School

    • Abstract: A father of a teen with visual impairment shares the lessons he and his family learned when his daughter attended middle school.
    • Audio: Lessons learned from Middle School
  • Would a Service Dog Be Beneficial for my Child?

    • Abstract: This article contains some basic information about the use of service dogs, therapy/facility dogs and emotional support dogs.
    • Audio: Would a Service Dog Be Beneficial for my Child?
  • IEP Letter to Families

    • Abstract:The authors, both parents of young adults who are DeafBlind, share their advice for parents being effective partners in their children’s educational team.
    • Audio: IEP Letter to Families
  • Dear New Parents of a Deaf and Blind Child, From a DeafBlind Adult

    • Abstract:The author shares her personal story in order to explore the impact of labels for DeafBlind individuals.
    • Audio: Dear New Parents of a Deaf and Blind Child, From a Deafblind Adult

EFFECTIVE PRACTICES

  • Maximizing Literacy Opportunities in Everyday Experiences

    • Abstract:Gwyneth McCormack of Positive Eye Ltd. has developed fun, engaging and easy to use activities using buckets to bring stories and hands-on experiences to children with visual impairments. Students with visual impairments can explore the objects as they learn the topic or review the experience. The use of story buckets promotes the development of concepts and allows children to experience literacy in a meaningful and interactive way.
    • Audio: Maximizing Literacy Opportunities in Everyday Experiences
  • Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking in the Child with Visual Impairment

    • Abstract:This article explores how to identify problems with and help move towards abstract thinking in children with visual impairments.
    • Audio: Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking in the Child with Visual Impairment
  • A New Paradigm: What the Anat Baniel Method, Lilli Nielsen’s Active Learning and Christine Roman’s Cortical Visual Impairment Intervention Strategies Have in Common

    • Abstract:Anat Baniel is trained as a clinical psychologist, and as a dancer, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade. She is the founder of the Anat Baniel Method© out of San Rafael, CA, and Author of “Kids Beyond Limits” and other books. She developed an approach that uses movement to impact brain function. This approach is based heavily on current research related to learning and neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and “rewire” itself throughout a person’s life.
    • Audio: A New Paradigm: What the Anat Baniel Method, Lilli Nielsen’s Active Learning and Christine Roman’s Cortical Visual Impairment Intervention Strategies Have in Common

NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Strategic Planning at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    • Abstract:The author shared information on the school’s strategic planning session to determine how the school will continue to meet its mission.
    • Audio: Strategic Planning at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • New Management in the Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program

    • Abstract:The Blind Children’s Program remains committed to providing quality services to meet the needs of children and families while adapting to new managerial changes.
    • Audio: New Management in the Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Students with Disabilities

    • Abstract:In this article, Ms. Winkenwerder describes the impact of Vocational Rehabilitation in her life and the federal changes that will create new opportunities for students with disabilities.
    • Audio: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Texas Education Agency Updates

    • Abstract:In this article, Dr. DePountis discusses how TEA has improved identification, evaluation and services for students and their work with individuals both within and outside the agency to support the unique needs of students who are blind and visually impaired.
    • Audio: Texas Education Agency Updates
  • Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome Suffer Serious Visual Impairment

    • Abstract:This article shares information from two studies confirming that 100% of Brazilian infants with confirmed and suspected Zika were born with visual impairments.
    • Audio: Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome Suffer Serious Visual Impairment
  • Resources of Interest

    • Audio: Resources of Interest