[blindkid] Braille Blocks

Albert J Rizzi albert at myblindspot.org
Tue Sep 13 18:50:16 UTC 2011


Trudy,

Those sound fantastic. Thanks for the suggestion.

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-----Original Message-----
From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Trudy Pickrel
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:39 PM
To: blindkid at nfbnet.org
Subject: [blindkid] Braille Blocks


Braille Blocks can also be found  at the NFB independence Market.  Wonderful
nice sets with tactle raised ABC and Braille and Sign language on one side
too.

Trudy L. Pickrel
President MD Parents of Blind Children
301-387-4182
301-501-1818
www.tlcbythelake.weebly.com

http://mdparentsofblindchildren.org/



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>    1. Re: [Bulk]  a mini vent about a summer program. (Brandy W)
>    2. Re: Addressing the E-Based & Web-Based Educational Gap
>       between Sighted & Blind (Penny Duffy)
>    3. Re: Talking Books vs saving for braille reading. (Penny Duffy)
>    4. Re: [Bulk] a mini vent about a summer program. (Penny Duffy)
>    5. Re: [Bulk] a mini vent about a summer program. (Brandy W)
>    6. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Holly Miller)
>    7. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Albert J Rizzi)
>    8. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (T. J.)
>    9. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Albert J Rizzi)
>   10. Re: Talking Books vs saving for braille reading.
>       (Richard Holloway)
>   11. Fw: [Sels2] DESE,	DSE: VI/O&M Scholarships/Missouri State
>       University (Doreen Frappier)
>   12. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Heather Field)
>   13. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Heather Field)
>   14. Re: Braille Art... Oops... (Albert J Rizzi)
>   15. Re: Talking Books vs saving for braille reading. (Heather Field)
>   16. Braille Chess Sets (Richard Holloway)
>   17. Re: Braille Chess Sets (Dr. S. Merchant)
>   18. Re: Braille Chess Sets (dhammelia at aol.com)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:03:26 -0500
> From: "Brandy W" <branlw at sbcglobal.net>
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> I would send her to a buddy camp at one of the NFB centers. This way she 
> will be expected to learn all of these things, but get to do normal age 
> appropriate activities with out everything being dumped down because she
is 
> blind. She will be allowed to grow. She is 7 her technique isn't going to
be 
> perfect, and a heavier cane with rolling tip may help short term, but it 
> isn't going to fix the problem. I'm glad they helped her this year, but I 
> agree I'd go for a different approach next year. Start planning now. Your 
> commission will help fund NFB camps.
> 
> Bran
> 
> 
> 
> "When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping

> them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the
things 
> we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference
in 
> our lives."
> - Fred Rogers
> 
> Brandy Wojcik
> Discovery Toys Educational Consultant and Team Leader
> www.playtoachieve.com
> (512) 689-5045
> 
> Looking for team members nation wide!
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:54 AM
> Subject: [Bulk] [blindkid] a mini vent about a summer program.
> 
> 
> >I r
> > My daughter Abby if you don't know was sighted with completely normal 
> > vision
> > a year and a half go.  She is 7 going on 16. She still has a lot of her
> > peripheral vision but little if no central vision.  She may be able to
see 
> > a
> > bird flying in the sky but she can't find us if she loses track of us
and
> > can't read text or do anything visually if it requires any kind of
detail.
> >
> >  So  Abby had a great opportunity to spend a week at Perkins School for 
> > one
> > of their school age summer programs. Its really the only option her her 
> > age.
> > She had  great time and got to do so many things that are great for her
to
> > do.  The PE activities where very valuable to her. She has always been
> > sporty and they did so many great things. I just got the 'report' for
the
> > week.  Its talks about how nice she is, how well behaved she is, how
much
> > she helps others, how independent she is. It was almost to the point it
> > sounded like she was some pod version of Abby. She isn't as organized at
> > home as she was there for she.  She always wants to show off to
teachers.
> > These are all great things. I just became very clear they were comparing

> > her
> > to her blind "classmates" (some of which who have other issues ) not
where
> > she should be if she was sighted.
> >
> > The only mention about braille was that she liked to borrow books. She
is 
> > a
> > whole year behind in her reading level (though gaining quickly)
> >
> > Lets not even get into what they thought of Abby's cane.  Everything
they
> > 'complained about wouldn't be an issue if she was using it right. i
don't
> > understand how an heavy marshmallow tip, short cane magically
> > fixes technique. Much less makes her more independent. Ok I guess I got 
> > into
> > it but it shouldn't be a surprise.
> >
> > I really think these are great programs.   Abby has gotten so much out
of
> > them but I am thinking that they may not be the right fit for her next 
> > year.
> > The programs are expensive.   They actually called her a visual learner.

> > I
> > see her more as a girl who used to be a visual learner and needs
> > help realizing that she learns much better using nonvisual techniques.
> >
> > She is old enough next year to attend some of the camps for blind
children
> > and it would give her the socialization with other blind children.   Is
> > there anything I should watch out for and look for programs like this?
> > Other suggestions?
> >
> >
> > -- 
> > --Penny
> > ----------
> > A lucky mother to two amazing children - visionfora.blogspot.com
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> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:01:27 -0400
> From: Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	(for parents of blind children)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Addressing the E-Based & Web-Based Educational
> 	Gap between Sighted & Blind
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> Smart Boards are an issue Trudy.  What Abby's teacher for the blind does
is
> braille her a version of the board and tries to make some tackle for her.
> Its not perfect and She is only in 2nd grade and her TVI happens to be
there
> for 2 hours in the morning every day.  The only good thing I guess is its
my
> understanding that most of the teachers at her school don't use the smart
> boards to their full potential so she isn't losing anything (her teacher
> last year broke hers for half the year)
> 
> -Penny
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM, Trudy Pickrel
<tlpickrel at hotmail.com>wrote:
> 
> > Yes  I agree.  Technology is the number one concern if our parent in
> > Maryland. It is coming so fast at us parents, they are over whelmed. I
> > myself was lost every other word but was totally ingroased in the
article. I
> > am    getting the understanding from Eric the importance of the concern.
And
> > applaud him for taking the time to bring it to our attention. Please
keep us
> > informed. Are concern is smart boards. Is anyone know of the adaptation
for
> > the smart boards and how they are adapted??
> >
> > Trudy L Pickrel
> > President MDPOBC
> >          &
> > TLC by the Lake
> > Standard Poodles
> > www.tlcbythelake.weebly.com
> >
> >
> > On Sep 10, 2011, at 1:00 PM, blindkid-request at nfbnet.org wrote:
> >
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> > >
> > > Today's Topics:
> > >
> > >  1. Wanted: Your Convention Experiences! (Deborah Kent Stein)
> > >  2. Re: Wake Up Call: Addressing the E-Based & Web-Based
> > >     Educational Gap between Sighted & Blind Students (Carol
Castellano)
> > >
> > >
> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> > >
> > > Message: 1
> > > Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 14:40:58 -0500
> > > From: "Deborah Kent Stein" <dkent5817 at att.net>
> > > To: "Multiple recipients of NFBnet BlindKid Mailing List"
> > >   <BlindKid at NFBnet.org>
> > > Subject: [blindkid] Wanted: Your Convention Experiences!
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> > >
> > >
> > > I'm putting together the convention issue of Future Reflections, and I
> > would
> > > like to include some articles by parents, teachers, and kids about the
> > > convention experience.  What was it like to attend convention for the
> > first
> > > time?  What is it that brings you back to convention year after year?
> >  What
> > > events or activities are meaningful to you and why?  What have you
> > learned?
> > > Has convention changed your life, and if so, in what ways?  If you're
> > > interested in writing an article, please contact me off list.  I'll
look
> > > forward to hearing from you.
> > >
> > > Debbie Stein
> > > Future Reflections
> > > dkent5817 at att.net
> > > 773-631-1093
> > > 773-203-1394 (cell)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ------------------------------
> > >
> > > Message: 2
> > > Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 20:15:32 -0400
> > > From: Carol Castellano <carol.joyce.castellano at gmail.com>
> > > To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,    \(for parents of blind
children\)"
> > >   <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> > > Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wake Up Call: Addressing the E-Based &
> > >   Web-Based Educational Gap between Sighted & Blind Students
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> > >
> > > Whoa, Eric, this is an amazing wake-up
> > > call.  Perhaps this should be a Federation
> > > priority in our education initiative.  I truly
> > > thank you for putting all the time and effort into writing this!
> > >
> > > Carol
> > >
> > > At 12:56 AM 8/31/2011, you wrote:
> > >> Talk about a wake up call! I learned that not only are iPads being
> > piloted
> > >> in the high school, but also in every school in our district. At my
> > younger
> > >> son?s elementary school the whole 5th grade class will be using iPads
> > this
> > >> school year. One of the other elementary schools in our district
chose
> > to
> > >> pilot iPads at the kindergarten level! The whole district is getting
> > wired
> > >> to phase in the electronic era. This is no longer some futurist
> > possibility
> > >> ? the e-wave is here & will likely roll into your district before you
> > know
> > >> it. How many TVIs & parents are ready to assure their blind K-12
> > students
> > >> have equal exposure to all the iPad has to offer? How many know who
to
> > link
> > >> braille-notakers to iPads?
> > >> It is with this reality in mind that I share the following thoughts.
> > >> Based on the US Department of Justice?s & the US Department of
> > Education?s
> > >> joint written statements (attached), existing accessibility laws
include
> > >> requirements to ensure that e-based & web-based education is
accessible
> > to
> > >> all. As such, e-based & web-based instructional materials & tools are
> > >> mandated to be not only blind student-user-friendly, but e-content
must
> > as
> > >> much as possible be equivalent to the educational experience that
> > sighted
> > >> print reading students are privy to.
> > >> The laws & regulations seem quite clear & specifics have been
> > well-defined
> > >> the US DOE & DOJ Joint FAQ (attached), yet surprisingly few
individuals
> > in
> > >> school districts, in the blindness education field, & in textbook
> > >> publisher?s circles appear to be aware of the regulations, & fewer
still
> > >> appear to be in compliance with regulations. Mechanisms to inform all
> > those
> > >> that need to know, as well as mechanisms to encourage & enforce
> > compliance
> > >> are lacking.
> > >> I know that there are individuals on these list-servs who have
started
> > to
> > >> address the issues. As a parent of 2 blind students mainstreamed in
an
> > >> academically high-performing school district, I would like to share
what
> > I
> > >> perceive to be some of the main issues within the scope of this
topic. I
> > >> will start with a thought-provoking theoretical scenario & then move
on
> > to
> > >> try to define specific areas of concern that not only warrant
attention,
> > but
> > >> that need to be addressed.
> > >> I am hoping those of you who have the interest, the motivation, the
> > >> connections, & the clout will take these issues not only to heart,
but
> > will
> > >> also take the lead in tackling these head-on Locally (in your school
> > >> districts & VI programs), at the State level, & Nationally.
> > >> Imagine a large-scale study spanning a decade or so which divides all
> > >> sighted students in the US into 2 groups: Study Group 1 would have
full
> > >> access to the entire content of current textbooks (or iPad-based
> > e-textbooks
> > >> if you prefer); the other half of the students, Study Group 2, would
be
> > >> permitted access to only the main body text & some side text. Study
> > Group 1
> > >> would have access to detailed maps for social science & well-done
> > graphics
> > >> of all sorts for both science & math (e-based graphics might even be
> > >> interactive); the millions of students in Study Group 2 would have
> > limited
> > >> access to all non-text visuals, and would have exposure to only a
> > limited
> > >> number of make shift maps & diagrams deemed to be the ?most important
> > ones?
> > >> created by someone locally in their district.
> > >> What would the results of such a study be? Who would score better on
> > tests?
> > >> Who would rank higher in their class? Would their higher education &
job
> > >> opportunities be affected?
> > >> ANSWER: There would be outrage over how unfair this type of study
would
> > be
> > >> well before it ever got off the ground & such an experiment could
never
> > >> happen because it would be considered unethical. Yet, this does
> > illustrate
> > >> the position blind students are or could be in.
> > >> I am a huge fan of technology & e-text & its potential to enhance the
> > >> learning experience of all, but the scope of the accessibility issues
> > that
> > >> needs to be addressed in the area of emerging electronic education &
> > >> technology is broad & is not getting an appropriate level attention &
> > >> urgency. These issues should be addressed thoughtfully &
preemptively,
> > >> rather than in the historical reactive fashion. These are not
esoteric
> > >> concerns, but rather have now become concrete academic issues. It
would
> > not
> > >> be as stretch to go so far as to take the position that this may even
be
> > an
> > >> equal rights issue.
> > >> 1. E-Textbooks for blind students are not an educationally equivalent
> > >> experience to standard print textbooks the sighted students are
using.
> > >> The most blaring example of this is that in current e-textbooks for
> > blind
> > >> students the pictures, charts, & diagrams are usually frequently
> > omitted. It
> > >> is critical to understand that in state-adopted textbooks beyond the
> > main
> > >> body of text, most textbook pages contain additional diagrams,
> > >> illustrations, graphs, pictures, charts, & links to suggested
webpages.
> > >> These charts & other visuals may make up a quarter to over a half of
the
> > >> relevant content on a given textbook page; as such, much of this
> > information
> > >> is not really supplemental, but rather represents the ?key points? on
> > what
> > >> the students are expected to learn & understand. Not only is the
graphic
> > >> content NOT DESCRIBED fully in e-textbooks, but the presence/absence
of
> > the
> > >> graphics may not even noted - so the blind student may not even be
aware
> > >> they are missing vital information that has been presented to sighted
> > kids
> > >> in graphic form. As an aside, even some of the California State
produced
> > >> embossed textbooks omit figures, diagrams, charts, & especially maps
> > (under
> > >> the heading of something along of ?see teacher? for this section) ?
yet
> > one
> > >> must wonder: ?how often does the clarification actually happen??.
> > >> The e-files are a nice supplement, they are easily searchable; they
are
> > >> portable & give students ongoing access to glossaries & textbook
> > >> dictionaries. E-text affords students the opportunity to look up
> > specifics
> > >> in other chapters easily when they don?t have the needed embossed
volume
> > >> readily available. Unlike sighted students who have the whole book in
> > the
> > >> classroom & at home, braille readers only have real-time access to 1
or
> > a
> > >> few volumes at time in class, & unlike their sighted peers who have a
> > full
> > >> textbook for home use, many (if not most) don?t have a full embossed
> > copy of
> > >> their textbooks for home. Yes, this a real problem for many reasons:
> > because
> > >> some teachers teach chapters out of sequence, when studying for exams
> > >> students may need access to other chapters, & importantly the
textbook
> > >> glossaries & indexes are in completely separate volumes which blind
> > students
> > >> don?t have ready access to.
> > >> Part of the reluctance of TVIs in past years to use e-textbooks is
the
> > >> argument that they are not completely ?cleaned up?. Not all are fully
> > >> transcriber-proofed - at least many don?t appear to be - having extra
> > >> symbols/markers that students need to ignore. While the formatting of
> > >> e-textbooks for blind students (or lack thereof) hasn?t changed that
> > much,
> > >> more & more TVIs & students realize that the e-textbooks are
> > never-the-less
> > >> readable & as such usable. In the textbooks for blind students that I
> > have
> > >> seen, the book is presented as a folder, the files have been ?.rtf?
> > files,
> > >> some of which are readable in their downloaded form on a
braillenotaker,
> > >> others are not readable. The files names within the folders are page
> > >> numbers, not chapter titles ? this does not appear to have been
> > particularly
> > >> well-thought out.
> > >> A further problem with e-textbooks (that is also an issue with
embossed
> > >> textbooks, is that the supplemental or illustrative ?side text? &
> > comments
> > >> in elementary, middle school, & high school education level textbooks
is
> > >> somehow inserted between paragraphs of the main textbook text (often
in
> > what
> > >> seems to be an arbitrary way) that breaks from the main text flow.
Older
> > >> students can adapt to this, but this makes it confusing & harder for
> > >> children in the younger grades, especially 4th grade and under who
are
> > >> trying to follow along in passages being read in class.
> > >> The unfortunate reality is that ?Publisher Quality books? don?t
> > necessarily
> > >> provide the blind/visually-impaired reader an equal literary
experience
> > to
> > >> the print version, even in the educational setting. Bookshare is
truly
> > an
> > >> Amazing Resource! The last few years most of our school district?s
> > Summer
> > >> Reading books have been available for immediate download; the few
that
> > were
> > >> not yet available, were quickly processed by the Bookshare staff &
> > posted
> > >> within a few weeks. The Bookshare staff & volunteers are phenomenal
> > group of
> > >> individuals. That being said, there are however issues that may not
be
> > >> obvious to all. My elder son finished one of his 9th grade Summer
> > Reading
> > >> Books, ?The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?. The text
was
> > >> overall fine, but the published print version of this book has quite
> > number
> > >> of important visuals in the form of diagrams, puzzles, formulas &
> > pictures,
> > >> symbols etc, that are an important part of this novel. Some of the
> > symbols
> > >> were transcribed incorrectly, but in most cases these important
> > components
> > >> were just omitted completely. The context of the visuals was not
> > described &
> > >> not even referred to ? it just wasn?t there on the downloadable
version.
> > My
> > >> son could tell something was missing based on the context, &
requested
> > we go
> > >> to our local library to check out the print version of the book ? we
did
> > &
> > >> described each graphic. My son contacted Bookshare to inform them of
the
> > >> problem with this particular book. The response he received was:
?This
> > is a
> > >> publisher quality book and unfortunately we cannot edit publisher
> > quality
> > >> books.? This novel is a Summer Reading Book not only locally, but
> > elsewhere
> > >> as well & as such is part of academic curriculums. An increasing
number
> > of
> > >> academic literary books are including graphics that are an integral
part
> > of
> > >> the stories. I am an optimist & hope that this can be eventually
> > >> appropriately addressed. Hopefully the ?Publisher Quality? textbooks
> > that
> > >> Bookshare produces are/will be closer to a true print-equivalent
> > experience
> > >> for our students than the above-mentioned book was.
> > >> As e-textbooks are further refined, students will still need access
to
> > >> high-quality transcriber-produced & embossed textbooks for diagrams,
> > charts,
> > >> maps, & other graphically-displayed components ? it just is not
> > acceptable
> > >> that such information be omitted & students need the hand-on to
really
> > >> understand the graphic layouts. It is my understanding that based on
the
> > >> current laws, omissions of the pertinent graphically displayed
content
> > in
> > >> state-adopted textbooks is not only ?not fair? to blind students, but
in
> > >> reality, it is does not meet the legal requirements set forth by the
> > laws of
> > >> this country. Those that produce & distribute textbooks for blind
> > students
> > >> should pay attention to this for they may be held accountable for
> > assuring
> > >> compliance with the law.
> > >> 2. New-Generation E-Textbooks will literally prove to be a shift to
an
> > >> entirely new dimension. In their current form e-books for use on
braille
> > >> notetakers are basically just the straight-forward text found on book
> > pages.
> > >> Graphics, charts, tables, maps etc are currently not adequately
> > described &
> > >> are too frequently omitted. As State-adopted textbooks go electronic,
> > such
> > >> as on an iPad, e-textbooks will no longer be ?2-Dimensional? (that is
> > the
> > >> current straight text with pictures/graphs), rather it is highly
likely
> > that
> > >> specific words, concepts within the text, references & pictures will
be
> > >> hyper-linked to other pages or websites that discuss those issues in
> > more
> > >> depth & will likely include links to non-accessible video, pictures,
and
> > to
> > >> PDF files. (Since may students use braillenotekers to access
materials,
> > >> access to PDFs need to somehow be made a priority for those who
produce
> > the
> > >> notetakers.) This linking will make textbooks in a sense ?3-D &
perhaps
> > even
> > >> 4-Dimensional?. To my knowledge there is no clear plan in place to
> > address
> > >> this shift to the next dimension. Who is responsible & accountable
for
> > >> assuring that blind students will have equal access & educational
> > >> experience?
> > >> 3. The move towards electronic & web-based teaching experiences is no
> > longer
> > >> theoretical, but is actively occurring in classrooms & curriculums
all
> > over
> > >> the country. This is happening at all grade levels, in some districts
> > more
> > >> rapidly than others, but the shift is definitely in progress. While
this
> > has
> > >> the potential to level the playing field, the reality is that many
> > teacher?s
> > >> webpages, many web-based school calendar programs, and many
publishers?
> > >> webpages are not fully independently accessible. Furthermore, many
> > >> teacher/district calendars  & importantly the publisher?s websites of
> > many
> > >> state-adopted textbooks that students are instructed to use (to learn
> > more
> > >> about concepts, access study guides, & take pre-tests) contain links
to
> > >> materials that are not fully independently accessible. Based on the
US
> > Dept.
> > >> of Justice's & US Dept. of Education's New Accessible Technology
> > Guidelines
> > >> (attached) these types of issues are basically illegal, yet these
types
> > of
> > >> problems are wide-spread & as commonplace as exceeding the speed
limit.
> >  It
> > >> appears that few school district personnel are even aware of the
> > >> requirements of on-line accessibly compliance. According to the
> > guidelines,
> > >> accessibility is mandated by the law - whether or not there are any
> > blind
> > >> students in that class/school ? just like wheelchair accessibility is
> > now
> > >> required irrespective of whether or not there are wheelchair users in
a
> > >> school. Given that many districts are in early stages of development
&
> > >> adaptation to the ?educational e-wave,? now is the most logical time
to
> > make
> > >> all districts aware so that they can take into account compliance
with
> > >> accessibility requirements.
> > >> 4. TVIs don?t get enough training to be truly proficient in all the
> > >> necessary new technologies the blind/VI students need to optimally
> > succeed &
> > >> reach their full potential. Education of our future TVIs in the
various
> > >> blind/low vision technologies needs to move well beyond ?exposure
> > level?.
> > >> Students in TVI programs should have to demonstrate at least a
certain
> > level
> > >> of - not only familiarity - but rather Functional Proficiency with at
> > least
> > >> the basic commonly used blind/low vision software, such as
> > screen-reading
> > >> programs (such as JAWS), accessible OCR programs (such as Kurzweil),
&
> > >> accessible braille/text conversion programs (such as Duxbury),  &
with
> > >> hardware (note-takers such as BrailleNote or PacMate, etc.) (I
realize
> > that
> > >> specific companies & brands can?t be focused on, I present these as
> > >> illustrative examples - it is up to individual teaching programs to
sort
> > out
> > >> the specifics).
> > >> The technological skill level of what may have been adequate for TVI
a
> > year
> > >> ago, will no longer be adequate in the very near future. TVIs also
now,
> > or
> > >> in the very near future, will be responsible for being able to teach
> > their
> > >> blind/VI students to use iPads & wirelessly link them to
> > braille-displays so
> > >> that students can access their curriculums. TVIs need to be able to
> > teach
> > >> students how to create & format WORD, EXCEL, & PowerPoint files & how
to
> > >> independently handle PDFs. The reality is that very few sighted TVIs
are
> > >> truly proficient with these technologies to a truly adequate degree
that
> > the
> > >> students need nowadays in order to be fully competitive with their
> > sighted
> > >> peers.  How actively & adequately are TVI Teaching Preparation
Programs
> > >> addressing these new issues?
> > >> 5. In addition to really upping expectations in this area in TVI
> > Teaching
> > >> Preparation Programs, alternate solutions should seriously be
> > considered.
> > >> School Districts/SELPAs/LEAs may want to seriously consider
consciously
> > >> partnering more with national organizations of the blind such as the
NFB
> > &
> > >> with state schools of the blind, such as in California ? CSB (the
> > California
> > >> School for the Blind) ? which has a phenomenal technology program
that
> > has
> > >> run regional in-services for TVIs & has CSB campus-based week-long or
so
> > >> programs for young blind/VI students in the summer & occasionally at
> > other
> > >> times. Such opportunities are way underutilized. Their online tools
for
> > >> teachers & technology users (the students) should be taken advantage
of
> > &
> > >> online teaching content should be developed further with all these
> > factors
> > >> in mind.
> > >> An additional solution would be for all local VI programs to hire at
> > least
> > >> one proficient blind TVI. Blind individuals will in general be the
most
> > >> proficient with the various blind technologies & their functional
> > >> application for they use these tools on a daily basis. (I do realized
> > that
> > >> there are sighted TVIs that are in fact capable of doing it all & I
> > applaud
> > >> that, but based on my interactions with families & TVIs from around
the
> > >> country, there are many TVIs who lack the needed level of proficiency
> > with
> > >> the blind technologies.) The current concept of caseloads could be
> > >> restructured at bit, to more of a team approach when needed, where
the
> > blind
> > >> TVI focuses more on the technology aspects of each student?s
educational
> > >> needs, as well as other critical blindness skills. Having such local
> > >> expertise in each VI program would be a huge boost of resources to
the
> > >> programs & the students each program is charged with educating.
> > Furthermore
> > >> having daily access to such a blind co-worker would likely result in
> > >> enhancement of the technology skills of all the TVIs in the program.
> > >> 6. While literally infants & toddlers are being exposed to iPads &
> > iPhones
> > >> (this is not an exaggeration, I see this in my office regularly),
> > equivalent
> > >> exposure of blind kids to similar technologies typically only begins
> > later
> > >> in elementary school & beyond. In fact at our son?s high school
> > orientation
> > >> this week, the principal described how his elementary school age
> > children &
> > >> even his 5 year old have iPads & use them to access Khan Academy
> > >> (www.khanacademy.org <http://www.khanacademy.org> ) & Rocket Math
> > >> (www.rocketmath.net <http://www.rocketmath.net> ) & he gave examples
> > how
> > >> these programs have helped his boost his own young children?s
academic
> > >> performance. How many blind children have this type of access? If you
> > >> believe in equal expectations, why don?t your students have such
equal
> > >> access?
> > >> If there is not an immediate educational awakening & paradigm shift
in
> > the
> > >> Blind/VI Educational Arena, very few kids at the elementarily &
middle
> > >> school level will be anywhere near as proficient as their sighted
peers
> > in
> > >> technology. While I have observed a slow shift in attitudes with
respect
> > to
> > >> earlier age of exposure to technology, the gap between what sighted
kids
> > &
> > >> blind kids remains huge, & arguably with the earlier exposure of
sighted
> > >> kids to iPads & iPhones & child-oriented computer programs, the gap
will
> > >> likely get even bigger. This gap needs to be closed. There needs to
be a
> > >> strong shift to much earlier introduction of technologies to kids &
> > their
> > >> families. Kids /families should have access to screen readers at home
> > >> electronic games (braille-notetaker-based & computer/web-based), and
> > other
> > >> sighted peer equivalent hardware & software.
> > >> 7. Lastly, in the context of young children, the concept of what
> > constitutes
> > >> ?blind-accessible? needs to be defined. The same webpage that may
> > >> technically be accessible to a student in middle school or high
school
> > (who
> > >> has been trained in blind technologies) may very well not be
> > independently
> > >> accessible to a student in the younger grades, for various reasons
> > including
> > >> the technologies may not yet have been introduced, or they may not
yet
> > have
> > >> the required proficiently, or they may not have the needed software
or
> > >> hardware to access required assignments at home.
> > >> The current problems & the obstacles that lay ahead have been
described
> > &
> > >> appreciated by many educators, parents, students, & leaders in
industry
> > &
> > >> the blind community, yet as I look around, I can?t quite figure out
who
> > is
> > >> really taking the lead. There are many well-meaning & strong
advocates,
> > but
> > >> there is no clear team leader.
> > >> Some of you may be familiar with these famous lines from the poem,
> > Invictus:
> > >> ?I am the master of my fate:
> > >> I am the captain of my soul.? We all have a
> > >> vested interest in this area. The web-based electronic-based
educational
> > >> fleet of ships has set sail - for both charted & uncharted waters.
There
> > are
> > >> many exceptional & experienced ?sailors? & captains, but each is
> > steering
> > >> their own ship with their own goals in mind. For the voyage to be
> > fruitful
> > >> more coordinated course need to be charted ahead of time; we need a
> > mission
> > >> & fleet admiral (or steering committee) to oversee the voyage & to
take
> > >> responsibility for addressing the obstacles that will be encountered
> > along
> > >> the way. A team-approach is needed locally & at the State & National
> > levels.
> > >> This really needs to be made a priority.
> > >> Respectfully,
> > >> Eric Vasiliauskas
> > >>
> > >> -----
> > >> 1. June 29, 2010 US Department of Education Dear Colleague letter:
> > >> www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20100629.html
> > >> <
> >
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20100629.html>
> > >> .
> > >> 2. Guidelines in the form of Frequently Asked Questions:
> > >> www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-ebook-faq-201105.html
> > >> <
> >
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-ebook-faq-201105.html>
> > .
> > >> 3. May 26, 2011 second US DOE Dear Colleague letter stating that the
> > same
> > >> legal obligations apply to elementary and secondary schools:
> > >> www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201105-ese.html
> > >> <
> >
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201105-ese.html
> > >
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Content-type: application/pdf; name=" US DOE Dear Colleague Letter
> >  (DCL2) to"
> > >>       Elementary and Secondary Education Officials May 26, 2011.pdf";
> > >>       x-mac-creator="4341524F"; x-mac-type="50444620"
> > >> Content-disposition: attachment;
> > >>       filename="US DOE Dear Colleague Letter (DCL2) to Elementary
and"
> > >>       Secondary Education Officials May 26, 2011.pdf"
> > >>
> > >>
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> Message: 3
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:16:35 -0400
> From: Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	(for parents of blind children)"
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> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Talking Books vs saving for braille reading.
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> Thank you everyone..
> 
> I think the benefit as we get into the school year is that she is too busy
> for talking books.  I am taking it step by step. She brought her brailler
on
> our weekend away and was typing in the car it was so funny.  Her father
> didn't complain since she was writing but it was so loud LOL.
> 
> -Penny
> 
> 
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> Message: 4
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:25:21 -0400
> From: Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	(for parents of blind children)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] [Bulk] a mini vent about a summer program.
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> I would love to send her do buddy camp.   I got the school district to pay
> for her program at Perkins I just don't know if they would pay for buddy
> camp but I imagine she would get a lot from it.  We don't have a
commission
> in NH.  School age is done through the department of education.  I guess
if
> I could convence them to pay the almost 3000 dollars for the Perkins
School
> I  can find a way to have see the buddy program as valuable. I just worry
> she is too young.  I would miss her so much.  She may never want to come
> home.
> 
> She actually only had her NFB long cane for a few weeks when she went
away.
>     Her TVI did a great extend school year program with her three students
> for three weeks.   She made it fun but educational.  There are three blind
> students in our district.  Three elementary aged girls.  I really hope
they
> do that again next year.
> 
> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Brandy W <branlw at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> 
> > I would send her to a buddy camp at one of the NFB centers. This way she
> > will be expected to learn all of these things, but get to do normal age
> > appropriate activities with out everything being dumped down because she
is
> > blind. She will be allowed to grow. She is 7 her technique isn't going
to be
> > perfect, and a heavier cane with rolling tip may help short term, but it
> > isn't going to fix the problem. I'm glad they helped her this year, but
I
> > agree I'd go for a different approach next year. Start planning now.
Your
> > commission will help fund NFB camps.
> >
> > Bran
> >
> >
> >
> > "When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are
helping
> > them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the
things
> > we play with and the people who help us play that make a great
difference in
> > our lives."
> > - Fred Rogers
> >
> > Brandy Wojcik
> > Discovery Toys Educational Consultant and Team Leader
> > www.playtoachieve.com
> > (512) 689-5045
> >
> > Looking for team members nation wide!
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> > To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" <
> > blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:54 AM
> > Subject: [Bulk] [blindkid] a mini vent about a summer program.
> >
> >
> >  I r
> >> My daughter Abby if you don't know was sighted with completely normal
> >> vision
> >> a year and a half go.  She is 7 going on 16. She still has a lot of her
> >> peripheral vision but little if no central vision.  She may be able to
see
> >> a
> >> bird flying in the sky but she can't find us if she loses track of us
and
> >> can't read text or do anything visually if it requires any kind of
detail.
> >>
> >>  So  Abby had a great opportunity to spend a week at Perkins School for
> >> one
> >> of their school age summer programs. Its really the only option her her
> >> age.
> >> She had  great time and got to do so many things that are great for her
to
> >> do.  The PE activities where very valuable to her. She has always been
> >> sporty and they did so many great things. I just got the 'report' for
the
> >> week.  Its talks about how nice she is, how well behaved she is, how
much
> >> she helps others, how independent she is. It was almost to the point it
> >> sounded like she was some pod version of Abby. She isn't as organized
at
> >> home as she was there for she.  She always wants to show off to
teachers.
> >> These are all great things. I just became very clear they were
comparing
> >> her
> >> to her blind "classmates" (some of which who have other issues ) not
where
> >> she should be if she was sighted.
> >>
> >> The only mention about braille was that she liked to borrow books. She
is
> >> a
> >> whole year behind in her reading level (though gaining quickly)
> >>
> >> Lets not even get into what they thought of Abby's cane.  Everything
they
> >> 'complained about wouldn't be an issue if she was using it right. i
don't
> >> understand how an heavy marshmallow tip, short cane magically
> >> fixes technique. Much less makes her more independent. Ok I guess I got
> >> into
> >> it but it shouldn't be a surprise.
> >>
> >> I really think these are great programs.   Abby has gotten so much out
of
> >> them but I am thinking that they may not be the right fit for her next
> >> year.
> >> The programs are expensive.   They actually called her a visual
learner. I
> >> see her more as a girl who used to be a visual learner and needs
> >> help realizing that she learns much better using nonvisual techniques.
> >>
> >> She is old enough next year to attend some of the camps for blind
children
> >> and it would give her the socialization with other blind children.   Is
> >> there anything I should watch out for and look for programs like this?
> >> Other suggestions?
> >>
> >>
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> --Penny
> ----------
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> 
> 
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> 
> Message: 5
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:36:54 -0500
> From: "Brandy W" <branlw at sbcglobal.net>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] [Bulk] a mini vent about a summer program.
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> 
> I'd start now so you can get it in her IEP. I think NFB may also have some

> scholarships.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> "When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping

> them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the
things 
> we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference
in 
> our lives."
> - Fred Rogers
> 
> Brandy Wojcik
> Discovery Toys Educational Consultant and Team Leader
> www.playtoachieve.com
> (512) 689-5045
> 
> Looking for team members nation wide!
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] [Bulk] a mini vent about a summer program.
> 
> 
> >I would love to send her do buddy camp.   I got the school district to
pay
> > for her program at Perkins I just don't know if they would pay for buddy
> > camp but I imagine she would get a lot from it.  We don't have a 
> > commission
> > in NH.  School age is done through the department of education.  I guess

> > if
> > I could convence them to pay the almost 3000 dollars for the Perkins 
> > School
> > I  can find a way to have see the buddy program as valuable. I just
worry
> > she is too young.  I would miss her so much.  She may never want to come
> > home.
> >
> > She actually only had her NFB long cane for a few weeks when she went 
> > away.
> >    Her TVI did a great extend school year program with her three
students
> > for three weeks.   She made it fun but educational.  There are three
blind
> > students in our district.  Three elementary aged girls.  I really hope 
> > they
> > do that again next year.
> >
> > On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Brandy W <branlw at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> >
> >> I would send her to a buddy camp at one of the NFB centers. This way
she
> >> will be expected to learn all of these things, but get to do normal age
> >> appropriate activities with out everything being dumped down because
she 
> >> is
> >> blind. She will be allowed to grow. She is 7 her technique isn't going
to 
> >> be
> >> perfect, and a heavier cane with rolling tip may help short term, but
it
> >> isn't going to fix the problem. I'm glad they helped her this year, but
I
> >> agree I'd go for a different approach next year. Start planning now.
Your
> >> commission will help fund NFB camps.
> >>
> >> Bran
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are 
> >> helping
> >> them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the 
> >> things
> >> we play with and the people who help us play that make a great
difference 
> >> in
> >> our lives."
> >> - Fred Rogers
> >>
> >> Brandy Wojcik
> >> Discovery Toys Educational Consultant and Team Leader
> >> www.playtoachieve.com
> >> (512) 689-5045
> >>
> >> Looking for team members nation wide!
> >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
> >> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" <
> >> blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:54 AM
> >> Subject: [Bulk] [blindkid] a mini vent about a summer program.
> >>
> >>
> >>  I r
> >>> My daughter Abby if you don't know was sighted with completely normal
> >>> vision
> >>> a year and a half go.  She is 7 going on 16. She still has a lot of
her
> >>> peripheral vision but little if no central vision.  She may be able to

> >>> see
> >>> a
> >>> bird flying in the sky but she can't find us if she loses track of us 
> >>> and
> >>> can't read text or do anything visually if it requires any kind of 
> >>> detail.
> >>>
> >>>  So  Abby had a great opportunity to spend a week at Perkins School
for
> >>> one
> >>> of their school age summer programs. Its really the only option her
her
> >>> age.
> >>> She had  great time and got to do so many things that are great for
her 
> >>> to
> >>> do.  The PE activities where very valuable to her. She has always been
> >>> sporty and they did so many great things. I just got the 'report' for 
> >>> the
> >>> week.  Its talks about how nice she is, how well behaved she is, how 
> >>> much
> >>> she helps others, how independent she is. It was almost to the point
it
> >>> sounded like she was some pod version of Abby. She isn't as organized
at
> >>> home as she was there for she.  She always wants to show off to 
> >>> teachers.
> >>> These are all great things. I just became very clear they were
comparing
> >>> her
> >>> to her blind "classmates" (some of which who have other issues ) not 
> >>> where
> >>> she should be if she was sighted.
> >>>
> >>> The only mention about braille was that she liked to borrow books. She

> >>> is
> >>> a
> >>> whole year behind in her reading level (though gaining quickly)
> >>>
> >>> Lets not even get into what they thought of Abby's cane.  Everything 
> >>> they
> >>> 'complained about wouldn't be an issue if she was using it right. i 
> >>> don't
> >>> understand how an heavy marshmallow tip, short cane magically
> >>> fixes technique. Much less makes her more independent. Ok I guess I
got
> >>> into
> >>> it but it shouldn't be a surprise.
> >>>
> >>> I really think these are great programs.   Abby has gotten so much out

> >>> of
> >>> them but I am thinking that they may not be the right fit for her next
> >>> year.
> >>> The programs are expensive.   They actually called her a visual
learner. 
> >>> I
> >>> see her more as a girl who used to be a visual learner and needs
> >>> help realizing that she learns much better using nonvisual techniques.
> >>>
> >>> She is old enough next year to attend some of the camps for blind 
> >>> children
> >>> and it would give her the socialization with other blind children.
Is
> >>> there anything I should watch out for and look for programs like this?
> >>> Other suggestions?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> --Penny
> >>> ----------
> >>> A lucky mother to two amazing children - visionfora.blogspot.com
> >>> ______________________________**_________________
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/branlw%40sbcglobal.net>
> >>>
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> >>
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/pennyduffy%40gmail.com>
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> > -- 
> > --Penny
> > ----------
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> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 6
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:45:01 -0400
> From: Holly Miller <hollym12 at gmail.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	(for parents of blind children)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <619BBA8B-85C1-48FD-BA2D-5C4591F1FF20 at gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=us-ascii
> 
> Lol!
> Since they have other paintings of different words available what probably
happened is that they cut & pasted the description from another listing and
forgot to change the word.  Proof reading is a lost art ;-)
> 
> holly
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Sep 12, 2011, at 12:24 PM, Carol Castellano
<carol.joyce.castellano at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > Hopefully  they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> > Carol
> > 
> > At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >> It doesn't spell out "Touch".  It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)"
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >> Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >> 
> >> Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make
you
> >> smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >> ---
> >> Description
> >> Titled " JOY "
> >> This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures
spelling
> >> out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we
have
> >> realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >> ---
> >>
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref=
> >>
sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_de
> >>
sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >> 
> >> Eric V
> >> 
> >> 
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> > 
> > 
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> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 7
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:06:59 -0400
> From: "Albert J Rizzi" <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind
> 	children\)'" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <8D447D3F34E2477883E94ECC4FC1473A at JkTC4D1>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="us-ascii"
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".  It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)" 
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
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> 
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> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 8
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:06:05 -0700 (PDT)
> From: "T. J." <tjmaries at yahoo.com>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID:
> 	<1315857965.26220.YahooMailNeo at web130122.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
> 
> Braille blocks can be bought at Amazon.com or Maxi Aids.
> ?
> T. J.
> 
> From: Albert J Rizzi <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)'"
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York? 10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".? It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)" 
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
> >_______________________________________________
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> o%40gmail.com
> 
> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:26:23 -0400
> From: "Albert J Rizzi" <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'T. J.'" <tjmaries at yahoo.com>, "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,
> 	\(for parents of blind children\)'" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <9E4D0924FA6844C4878AFFAC865B8F55 at JkTC4D1>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="iso-8859-1"
> 
> Thanks. Will look into both. just found them to be useful for classrooms
and
> presentations. Love the fact that the ones I used had the corresponding
> letters on the back for teaching the sighted kids and reinforcing their
> ability to learn the braille alphabet. Thanks.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of T. J.
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 4:06 PM
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Braille blocks can be bought at Amazon.com or Maxi Aids.
> ?
> T. J.
> 
> From: Albert J Rizzi <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)'"
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York? 10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".? It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)" 
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
> >_______________________________________________
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> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 10
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:45:53 -0400
> From: Richard Holloway <rholloway at gopbc.org>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Talking Books vs saving for braille reading.
> Message-ID: <0D69784D-7886-4928-AC3E-B6B27B840C33 at gopbc.org>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> 
> If you end up using a BraileNote or similar notetaker more at some point
it gets a bit easier to carry around a potentially quieter. 
> 
> Of corse the quiet may be short-lived. Kendra quickly learned how to patch
her BrailleNote into the car stereo and now expects to be able to playback
braille files, books, mp3's the memos, the build-in radio-- you name it,
over the car stereo. At lest we can convince her to use headphones instead
at least part of the time. She's not a big fan of the built-in speaker. She
prefers "high quality" (her expression) sound, thank you very much...
> 
> Technology is great... Mostly
> 
> 
> On Sep 12, 2011, at 1:16 PM, Penny Duffy wrote:
> 
> > Thank you everyone..
> > 
> > I think the benefit as we get into the school year is that she is too
busy
> > for talking books.  I am taking it step by step. She brought her
brailler on
> > our weekend away and was typing in the car it was so funny.  Her father
> > didn't complain since she was writing but it was so loud LOL.
> > 
> > -Penny
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> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 11
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:02:03 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Doreen Frappier <dcfrappier at yahoo.com>
> To: "\(for parents of blind children\) NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>, Missouri Network
> 	<missouri-parents-network at nfb.org>
> Subject: [blindkid] Fw: [Sels2] DESE,	DSE: VI/O&M
> 	Scholarships/Missouri State University
> Message-ID:
> 	<1315861323.82118.YahooMailNeo at web35608.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: "Browner, Lina" <LINA.BROWNER at dese.mo.gov>
> To: "'sels2 at lists.mo.gov'" <sels2 at lists.mo.gov>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 3:28 PM
> Subject: [Sels2] DESE, DSE: VI/O&M Scholarships/Missouri State University
> 
> Subject: VI/O&M Scholarships/Missouri State University
> 
> Source: Gwynn Ready, Supervisor, Effective Practices
> 
> Intended Audience: Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired,
Paraprofessionals
> 
> Date: September 12, 2011
> 
> Missouri State University is accepting applications from individuals
interested in certification in Visual Impairments and Orientation &
Mobility.? The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will fund
partial scholarships for accepted applicants pursuing these certification.?
Scholarship funds are available for a limited number of accepted applicants.
> 
> Application Deadline:? September 20, 2011
> 
> Below are links for information regarding the application process and
highlights for each program.
> 
> http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/documents/se-ep-msu-visimpairment.pdf? 
> 
> http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/documents/se-ep-msu-omcertificationapp.pdf? 
> 
> If you have any questions regarding the program or advisement, please
contact Ian Shadrick at ianshadrick at missouristate.edu.
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 12
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:28:04 -0500
> From: "Heather Field" <missheather at comcast.net>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <9E707E6FE057400D83BB1241A23CF45F at HeatherAcer>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> 	reply-type=original
> 
> www.futureaids.com
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Albert J Rizzi
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 1:06 PM
> To: 'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)'
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".  It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)"
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 13
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:30:40 -0500
> From: "Heather Field" <missheather at comcast.net>
> To: "T. J." <tjmaries at yahoo.com>, "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,
> 	\(for parents of blind children\)" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <10965CB03CAD478691373CE4270C5406 at HeatherAcer>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> 	reply-type=original
> 
> future aids is usually cheaper. As Maxi-aids has been taken to court
several 
> times for practises that were found to be illegal, I encourage folks not
to 
> support them.
> 
> With that said however, future aids is usually the best price on most 
> things.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: T. J.
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 3:06 PM
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Braille blocks can be bought at Amazon.com or Maxi Aids.
> 
> T. J.
> 
> From: Albert J Rizzi <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)'" 
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".  It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)"
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 14
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:33:18 -0400
> From: "Albert J Rizzi" <albert at myblindspot.org>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind
> 	children\)'" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> Message-ID: <CBD2870CAD5F49B2B98CD16961071231 at JkTC4D1>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="us-ascii"
> 
> Heather,
> 
> Thanks so much for this. I cannot believe how great the site sounds. Will
be
> looking into  much more then just the blocks. Thanks.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Heather Field
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 6:28 PM
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> www.futureaids.com
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Albert J Rizzi
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 1:06 PM
> To: 'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)'
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Carol,
> 
> I was wondering if you knew of any places I might be able to buy braille
> blocks? I had a set loaned to me which had to be returned. They were great
> manipulatives for the kids, both sighted and blind when I introduce
braille
> and it's concepts. Any direction that could be lent in acquiring these
> blocks again would be greatly appreciated. peace.
> 
> Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.
> Founder
> My Blind Spot, Inc.
> 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl.
> New York, New York  10004
> www.myblindspot.org
> PH: 917-553-0347
> Fax: 212-858-5759
> "The person who says it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one who is
> doing it."
> 
> 
> Visit us on Facebook LinkedIn
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Carol Castellano
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:24 PM
> To: Merry-Noel Chamberlain; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
> blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> 
> Hopefully they wrote the caption when their minds were distracted!
> Carol
> 
> At 11:44 PM 9/11/2011, you wrote:
> >It doesn't spell out "Touch".  It says, "Joy" in Braille.
> >
> >
> >From: DrV <icdx at earthlink.net>
> >To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)"
> ><blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [blindkid] Braille Art... Oops...
> >
> >Some of you may find this interesting. I'm not sure if this will make you
> >smile or frown. The description caption reads:
> >---
> >Description
> >Titled " JOY "
> >This piece is unique, it is composed of rich colors and textures spelling
> >out the word "TOUCH" in braille. Being a parent of a blind child we have
> >realized that art does not have to be a visual thing."
> >---
>
>http://www.etsy.com/listing/69328079/art-painting-original-jmjartstudio?ref
> =
>
>sr_list_40&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hope+wall+art&ga_order=price_d
> e
> >sc&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=list&ga_page=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=
> >
> >Eric V
> >
> >
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 15
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:44:51 -0500
> From: "Heather Field" <missheather at comcast.net>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Talking Books vs saving for braille reading.
> Message-ID: <25E9ABC109A9434A97246F7D21EE1501 at HeatherAcer>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> 	reply-type=original
> 
> Hi Penny,
> I think you're on the right track. I'm from the old school. The way to 
> become a good braille reader is braille reading. Lots and lots and lots
and 
> lots of it. Bribe, cajol, reward, even lose some priveliges if goals
aren't 
> met. But, have that child read braille, every day, every night, braille, 
> braille, braille.
> 
> This is actually quite a simple technical issue. The more hours readers 
> spend touching dots and turning them into meaning in their brains, the 
> better they get at doing it.
> 
> I detest talking books myself and have been an avid and fluent braille 
> reader since early childhood. It sounds like your daughter is going to 
> become the same. Just keep the reading material high interest and give her

> lots of opportunities to write and read her own work. She sounds like
she's 
> already flapping her little braille wings. Look out for the down draught 
> when she takes off.
> Best,
> Heather
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Penny Duffy
> Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:16 PM
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Talking Books vs saving for braille reading.
> 
> Thank you everyone..
> 
> I think the benefit as we get into the school year is that she is too busy
> for talking books.  I am taking it step by step. She brought her brailler
on
> our weekend away and was typing in the car it was so funny.  Her father
> didn't complain since she was writing but it was so loud LOL.
> 
> -Penny
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 16
> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:30:36 -0400
> From: Richard Holloway <rholloway at gopbc.org>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind children\)"
> 	<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [blindkid] Braille Chess Sets
> Message-ID: <2C63BAE2-5D3F-4A1B-A8FF-336EFCEE7269 at gopbc.org>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> 
> Kendra is learning to play chess in Chess Club at school. I'm trying to
improvise a teaching set for her. We already have a set with markings to
tell black from white with peg-style pieces that go into holes so they don't
slide off the board.
> 
> The main problem is that it has no rank and file numbers & letters and the
board it too small to fit them in dymo tape or the like. Also, I have seen
some "teaching sets" (for sighted players) with indications of the way the
pieces move on the base. 
> 
> Surely a similar set is available with raised indications of the moves or
a quick braille reminder on the base?
> 
> I'm wondering what anyone here may have run across before I try and attack
a larger set and board with a hot glue gun and a roll of dymo tape for the
braille. The rank and file markings have to be accomplished one way or
another if noting else as she needs them to follow discussions of strategies
and to be certain she is on the correct location. I'm sure she could get by
without that is some cases, but it slows her down to count over the spaces
over and over and she needs the same info that the other kids have anyhow. 
> 
> Surely someone has already created a better solution that will look better
(and be a lot less hassle for me too?)
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 17
> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:11:50 -0500
> From: "Dr. S. Merchant" <smerchant at vetmed.lsu.edu>
> To: "'NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,	\(for parents of blind
> 	children\)'" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Chess Sets
> Message-ID: <012b01cc722f$d8670000$89350000$@lsu.edu>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="us-ascii"
> 
> Richard, 
> 
> Michael also took chess for awhile and we too looked around for help and
> didn't really find anything great.  Maybe this is why he lost interest, or
> just went on to other things.  But I believe (which you may already know)
a
> second board is used (maybe only in "serious" matches???) so that the
blind
> player can feel the location of the pieces and move a piece to a location
to
> then visualize what would be the consequence of such a move.  Don't know
if
> a second board as a teaching board with the Braille on each square would
be
> helpful to have beside her (but it would still mean you doing it.)
> 
> The talking chess sets that sell for 50 - 80 dollars or so, really are not
> blind friendly in case you were thinking about going that route.
> 
> Sandy Merchant Taboada.
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Richard Holloway
> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:31 AM
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
> Subject: [blindkid] Braille Chess Sets
> 
> Kendra is learning to play chess in Chess Club at school. I'm trying to
> improvise a teaching set for her. We already have a set with markings to
> tell black from white with peg-style pieces that go into holes so they
don't
> slide off the board.
> 
> The main problem is that it has no rank and file numbers & letters and the
> board it too small to fit them in dymo tape or the like. Also, I have seen
> some "teaching sets" (for sighted players) with indications of the way the
> pieces move on the base. 
> 
> Surely a similar set is available with raised indications of the moves or
a
> quick braille reminder on the base?
> 
> I'm wondering what anyone here may have run across before I try and attack
a
> larger set and board with a hot glue gun and a roll of dymo tape for the
> braille. The rank and file markings have to be accomplished one way or
> another if noting else as she needs them to follow discussions of
strategies
> and to be certain she is on the correct location. I'm sure she could get
by
> without that is some cases, but it slows her down to count over the spaces
> over and over and she needs the same info that the other kids have anyhow.

> 
> Surely someone has already created a better solution that will look better
> (and be a lot less hassle for me too?)
> 
> Thanks!
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> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 18
> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:19:48 -0400 (EDT)
> From: dhammelia at aol.com
> To: blindkid at nfbnet.org
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Braille Chess Sets
> Message-ID: <8CE404817C7ED63-1D28-5481 at Webmail-d125.sysops.aol.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> 
> 
> I have not seen a Chess set with the algebraic markings on the edge.  I'm
not sure if they are necessary.
> 
> Here is a web site for the United States Braille Chess Association.
http://www.americanblindchess.org/
> 
> I looked through their set offerings and they are all the conventional
ones with raised squares and pegs.
> 
> we made our own set by buying two different chess sets one wood the other
metal and using velcro on the bottom of the pieces and on the squares.
> 
> We used round velcro for the white and square for the black.
> 
> If you teach using the older descriptive notation rather than the
algebraic it might be more self evident.
> 
> i.e.  Pawn to King 4,  Knight to Rook 3 etc.  Vs e2-e4 and Nb1-a3.
> 
> When I have taught chess to sighted people I never used the pieces with
the directions on them I don't see them as greatly helpful either.
> 
> The Knight move is the most difficult to understand for a beginner.  The
concept of 2 up or back and 1 left or right or 1 up or back and 2 left or
right takes a little time to explain.
> 
> The best way to learn is to just start out playing and learn theory later.
> 
> I'm not blind but I used to be able to play two games simultaneously
blindfolded.  It just takes a little time to get used to the movement of the
pieces and familiarity with the game.
> 
> Later I would suggest that you just get a board with sufficient border to
put Braille labels on.
> 
> 
> 
> Dave Hammel
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Holloway <rholloway at gopbc.org>
> To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 10:32 am
> Subject: [blindkid] Braille Chess Sets
> 
> 
> Kendra is learning to play chess in Chess Club at school. I'm trying to 
> mprovise a teaching set for her. We already have a set with markings to
tell 
> lack from white with peg-style pieces that go into holes so they don't
slide 
> ff the board.
> The main problem is that it has no rank and file numbers & letters and the
board 
> t too small to fit them in dymo tape or the like. Also, I have seen some 
> teaching sets" (for sighted players) with indications of the way the
pieces 
> ove on the base. 
> Surely a similar set is available with raised indications of the moves or
a 
> uick braille reminder on the base?
> I'm wondering what anyone here may have run across before I try and attack
a 
> arger set and board with a hot glue gun and a roll of dymo tape for the 
> raille. The rank and file markings have to be accomplished one way or
another 
> f noting else as she needs them to follow discussions of strategies and to
be 
> ertain she is on the correct location. I'm sure she could get by without
that 
> s some cases, but it slows her down to count over the spaces over and over
and 
> he needs the same info that the other kids have anyhow. 
> Surely someone has already created a better solution that will look better
(and 
> e a lot less hassle for me too?)
> Thanks!
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