[blindkid] Audio reading book for Library

Heather Field missheather at comcast.net
Thu Nov 14 00:41:36 UTC 2013


Hello,
If students are reading, then the braille reader should be reading a book. 
there is absolutely no circumstances when "listening" to an audio book can 
be called reading. A braille reader is only "reading" when his fingers are 
skimming over braille dots.  This is outrageous and I would call an IEP 
meeting and demand that it be put into the IEP that  this student will read 
all his books in braille. At this grade level there is no reason why his 
text books and all assigned reading books are not provided in braille. There 
is absolutely no excuse for the teacher's behaviour. I never cease to be 
amazed at what these teachers try to get away with and, they blame the 
child, or braille, or something else for their unprofessionalism. Why should 
the braille reader have lower expectations to meet? No wonder braille 
reading students don't achieve  good braille reading speed, they have 
teachers of blind students preventing them. I know there are fabulous 
teachers of blind students out there, I just can't wait till they outnumber 
those who seem to work against the best interests of blind students.
So frustrating.

Regards,
Heather
-----Original Message----- 
From: Marianne Denning
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:02 PM
To: Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Audio reading book for Library

Has he had a reading media assessment?  I believe in a combination of
listening and braille reading.  I am blind and I do both.  I think if
the other children in the classroom are reading for pleasure by
reading a print book then he should be reading a braille book.  If
spped is an issue, maybe he could be paired with another student and
they could do shared reading.  I do this with my students so they
learn how reading braille should and can flow like reading print.  It
is hard to make a blanket statement about when it should be braille
and print.

On 11/13/13, oandemom . <traci.mwd at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree, he just needs to practice  to increase speed with braille.  Now 
> as
> he gets to HS and college, by all means I can see audio being used due to
> volume of reading, but I would think in 6th he could still be reading
> braille, maybe a fun book in audio could be a reward for something?
>
> Traci
>
>
>
> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Trudy Pickrel
> <tlpickrel at hotmail.com>wrote:
>
>> So last night at parent teacher conference I find out that they have been
>> allowing our son in six grade to do all audiobooks. Reason why I don't
>> know. The language arts teacher said will you please consider allowing
>> him
>> to do this after I stated that this was concerning to me. Because he says
>> I
>> was reading to be enjoyable. Excepting all thoughts on this. Mine is No
>> No
>> No. Must have Braille under fingers. If their  concern is slowness and
>> enjoyment the only way to get that is with repetition.
>>
>> Trudy Pickrel
>> President Md Parent Blind Children.
>> 301-501-1818
>> Www.TLCbytheLake.com
>>
>>
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Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
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