[nobe-l] Teaching special ed about blind?

Anita Adkins aadkins7 at verizon.net
Thu Sep 24 12:47:01 UTC 2009


I, too, am a blind college student.  I believe I am considered a junior.  My 
future goal is to work with blind students, but for now, I am getting my 
Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language 
Arts.  I would get a degree in vision, but that is not offered at Frostburg 
State University in Frostburg, MD.  I wish there was a special Ed program 
like you are in as I would probably do that.

I am just putting my 2 cents in on your dilemma.  How about an activity 
where the children have to do some sort of game that has things hidden from 
view.  Maybe, they could identify items inside a paperbag through touch. 
Or, maybe play a card game in which they must flip over a card after they 
have tried to guess the picture on the other side.  I am just thinking off 
the top of my head in hopes that it will just send that brilliant idea 
flowing into yours.  Of course, I am speaking of the brilliant idea that I 
have not thought of.  Repetition may be what finally helps though. 
Eventually, one day, he may just get that you can't see him.

Please share what you finally get to work so I can take advantage of the 
sollution in the future.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jenna Karg and Bilko" <lilstarlet09 at gmail.com>
To: <nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:13 PM
Subject: [nobe-l] Teaching special ed about blind?

> Hi all,
> My name is Jenna and I am a freshman at Bolling Green State University
> studying Mild-to-moderate Intervention Specialist (special ed.)
> I am in a program that allows me to go in to the classroom in a nearby
> inner-city school and observe and teach once a week for the entire
> school year.  I am currently working with special Ed kids who are at
> 1st through 3rd grade levels.  Most of the kids get that I can't see,
> and are really good about telling me things (surprisingly), but there
> is one little boy that is not getting it.  He's 6 and at a third grade
> level, and is autistic.  I don't know how to get it across to him. The
> teacher tried covering his eyes with her hands and telling him thats
> what I see all the time, but that didn't work. I was thinking about
> blindfolding him, but since he's autistic I don't know how he'll
> handle that and don't want him freaking out on me.  Any ideas or
> suggestions at all would be appreciated. This kid is really fun to
> work with, but it would be easier if I didn't have to keep explaining
> that I couldn't see what he's pointing at on the papers.
> Thanks,
> Jenna karg and guide Dog Bilko (who loves kids)
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