[blindkid] homeschooling question

Richard Holloway rholloway at gopbc.org
Thu Nov 14 05:41:09 UTC 2013


In Georgia, the Smokey Powell Assistive Technology Center at Georgia Academy for the Blind also has a collection of equipment it loans within the state. I don't know if they loan to individuals or schools only.  Maybe there is something similar in New Jersey? If there is a state school for the blind it might be worth a call to ask?

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> On Nov 13, 2013, at 5:57 PM, Sarah Thomas <seacknit at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> The quota funds are not enough to buy any assistive devices.  A few years ago it was around $250 per year.  Some states make it nearly impossible for homeschoolers to access the funds--even though the child is entitled to them.  I called APH and found out the name of our state quota fund coordinator.  I called that person directly and discussed how to access the funds.  The child has to be registered by January 1 to be eligible for the funds.  Also, the Texas School for the Blind has items that were purchased over time that were available for lend to blind kids.  In the end I did not access the funds but it did appear that it is possible in Texas.  There is also a blind homeschoolers Yahoo group that may be of some help. Best of luck to her.  
> 
> Sally Thomas
>> On Nov 14, 2013, at 6:43 AM, Carol Castellano <carol_castellano at verizon.net> wrote:
>> 
>> Any homeschoolers out there who can help with a question?  A New Jersey family would like information on the educational plan that APH requests for eligibility for quota funds.  Their child had an IEP in public school.  The mom plans to document their homeschooling plan and use of assistive devices and Braille in the home.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Carol
>> 
>> Carol Castellano
>> Parents of Blind Children-NJ
>> Director of Programs
>> National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
>> 973-377-0976
>> carol_castellano at verizon.net
>> www.blindchildren.org
>> www.nfb.org/parents-and-teachers  
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