[blindkid] Audio reading book for Library

Arielle Silverman arielle71 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 14 00:58:38 UTC 2013


Personally I have never enjoyed audiobooks. If somebody gave me an
audiobook in place of Braille it would have to be a punishment not a
reward. I read audiobooks now but only because hard-copy Braille is
not usually available. I don't find audiobooks nearly as engaging as
Braille ones and more than once I have started an audiobook
recommended to me by someone, and put it down after a couple chapters
because it didn't hold my attention. I have only rarely done this with
Braille. It may not surprise you to learn that I was exclusively given
Braille to read until I was at least in middle school, and from the
beginning my parents and teachers set things up so that Braille was
fun. Enjoyment was never an issue. I understand some kids enjoy
reading in general more than others, but the reading medium shouldn't
affect that enjoyment. If it does, it means that he still needs to
work on Braille fluency so that it becomes at least equivalent to
listening. Any struggles he experiences with reading Braille should be
a reason to assign more Braille, not less.

Arielle

On 11/13/13, Heather Field <missheather at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hello Trudy,
> I would write an email to the teacher - so it is in writing - stating that
> you will agree if all the print readers are also allowed to "listen" to
> audio books. Otherwise, I would call another IEP meeting and tighten up the
>
> IEP so that it clearly states that "all" his reading material is provided in
>
> braille. This is not the time to be encouraging students to enjoy books,
> they do already enjoy books. In 6th grade we are encouraging them to "read"
>
> to feed that enjoyment. This is the time to build speed and skill. I would
> positively "NOT" allow this to continue.
> J
> I wish I lived in your state, I'd happily go with you to that next IEP
> meeting. :)
> Warmly,
> Heather field
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Trudy Pickrel
> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:45 AM
> To: bindkid
> Subject: [blindkid] Audio reading book for Library
>
> 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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