[blindkid] O&M Parent Handbook

Marie empwrn at bellsouth.net
Fri Apr 9 19:38:30 UTC 2010


Yes thank you! I look forward to getting home and downloading the handbook.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Castellano <blindchildren at verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:27:49 
To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,\(for parents of blind children\)<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [blindkid] O&M Parent Handbook

Thanks fo sharing this with all of us.
Carol

At 09:13 AM 4/9/2010, you wrote:
>Marie,
>I loved watching the video of your son using his cane.  It is also 
>great to have a parent using the Bamboo walking sticks to help 
>model.  I'm a NOMCT (O&M) instructor at Virginia School for the Deaf 
>and the Blind and I am also blind.  I wrote an O&M Parent Handbook 
>to assist the parents of the students I teach.  Attached is a copy 
>of that handbook for you (and anyone else reading this).  Some 
>things do not apply but you may find some things helpful within it.
>Thanks again for sharing.
>Merry-Noel Chamberlain
>
>--- On Thu, 4/8/10, Marie <empwrn at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>
>
>From: Marie <empwrn at bellsouth.net>
>Subject: Re: [blindkid] Jack and his new cane
>To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind 
>children)'" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
>Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 2:24 PM
>
>
>This is soooo exciting. We have been reading and re-reading articles on the
>NFB site. We took Jack out for his first cane outing yesterday! We went over
>to a local school after hours. There is a big wide sidewalk with cracks, a
>tiled area, flagpole, curbs up and down...very exciting place!
>
>Jack really seemed to enjoy using his cane. I have attached a video showing
>some of his cane use on our first outing. Dad (David) and I are holding
>bamboo walking sticks since we don't have canes.
>
>Because Jack is partially sighted he is figuring out how to use the cane to
>help him gain more information about what he thinks he sees. For example,
>when Jack comes up white lines in the parking lot, they must look to him
>like a curb or some sort of step up. He almost always tries to lift his leg
>as if to step up. Yesterday you should have seen him! He sat down on the
>ground (parking lot was empty) and he ran his cane across the white line
>over and over. He seemed fascinated that it was smooth unlike what it
>appeared to be to him.
>
>AND this morning he used his cane (and still our hand-holding assistance as
>always) to identify the steps as he descended the 14 steps to the garage of
>our split level home!
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>Behalf Of Carol Castellano
>Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 8:53 PM
>To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
>Subject: Re: [blindkid] Jack and his new cane
>
>It's funny, because the teaching cane is one of Joe Cutter's ideas on
>how to get kids interested.  I think you'll like his book.  And,
>yeah, we figured out you meant pix.
>Carol
>
>At 06:27 PM 4/7/2010, you wrote:
> >LOL...sorry guys, I was a bit tired when I sent that email out last night
> >and I meant are pictures allowed through the list? I've been on lists that
> >don't allow attachments and I could not remember if this was one of them.
> >
> >Thanks for the resources, Carol.
> >
> >And my hubby is all over using this cane. He printed out several articles
> >for our son's teacher to read. :) My heart flutters....
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> >Behalf Of Marie
> >Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 8:56 PM
> >To: Blindkid email
> >Subject: [blindkid] Jack and his new cane
> >
> >Are emails allowed through the list? I've attached a picture of Jack and
>his
> >new cane. My brilliant husband picked it up and held it out himself in the
> >bathroom on the tile where it was sure to make lots of noise. Soon Jack was
> >running after him wanting to do it too!
> >I should have prepared better for this. What are your
> >recommendations/tips/books or websites to read for getting started?
> >Marie (mother of Jack, 4 years old with Apert Syndrome)
> >http://allaccesspasstojack.blogspot.com
> >Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
> >
> >
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>Carol Castellano, President
>National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
>973-377-0976
>carol_castellano at verizon.net
>www.nfb.org/nopbc
>
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Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
973-377-0976
carol_castellano at verizon.net
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