[blindkid] Incorporating the Expanded Core Curriculum into thelives of visually impaired children at home

Carol Castellano carol_castellano at verizon.net
Sun May 17 14:55:07 UTC 2015


It really is enough to drive you crazy!  I remember back in 
kindergarten or so, the kids would do an art project and then line up 
to wash their hands at the sink.  All but Serena, that is.  The aide 
brought a cloth to her table and washed her hands for her.  Lucky I 
was there that day (and heaven knows what went on all the other days 
when I wasn't there!), and told them that Serena could actually stand 
in that line and wash her own hands!  It was that kind of experience 
day in day out that ended up becoming the content of my books.

Carol

At 10:32 AM 5/17/2015, you wrote:
>Sally, I am a TVI and have honestly been told by a school
>administrator that I can't advocate for my students.  I also have had
>to fight every step of the way to get well-meaning school staff to let
>a blind child make mistakes, learn new skills and work on
>independence.  I will keep on fighting that fight too.
>
>On 5/17/15, Sally Thomas via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> > A way that TVI's can have the biggest impact on the ECC is by having high
> > expectations and encouraging parents to do the same. There is a maddening
> > double standard for these kids (or at least what I've seen for my son)--the
> > kids manage thousands of dollars worth of equipment, multiple 
> ways to access
> > the curriculum and then are told they can't walk down the hall like the
> > other kids. Mixed messages!
> >
> > Sally Thomas
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On May 17, 2015, at 12:28 PM, Carol Castellano via blindkid
> >> <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Yes and this is why it's so important for parents to find us and see role
> >> models.  First comes the awareness that these things can be done, then the
> >> expectations get raised, then people learn how.
> >>
> >> Carol
> >>
> >> At 07:55 PM 5/16/2015, you wrote:
> >>> Hi Marianne this is a good point.  I can't believe that some parents just
> >>> won't teach independent living skills at home.  I understand that some of
> >>> them probably don't know what to teach their children.
> >>>
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> >> Carol Castellano
> >> Parents of Blind Children-NJ
> >> Director of Programs
> >> National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
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>Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
>Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
>(513) 607-6053
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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
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