[blindkid] blindkid Digest, Vol 57, Issue 33 Subject: Has this happened to anyone?

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Mon Feb 2 04:22:47 UTC 2009

Good ideas! Another might be for the PE teacher to get off her posterior 
and run with Awbry; might be good for a physical fitness nut to take a 
bit of her own medicine! (grin)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J DREICER" <j_griego1321 at msn.com>
To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] blindkid Digest, Vol 57, Issue 33 Subject: Has 
this happened to anyone?

Could the VI or O and M teacher talk to the PE teacher?
Ask the PE teacher if there are student assistants in the class - often 
they are older students who run errands for the teacher or help with 
activities, perhaps they could run with Aubrie.
Ask the PE teacher if he/she could identify a few students in the class 
who may be willing to guide Aubrie during the run. The PE teacher could 
approach these students before/after class.
Does Aubrie run with a guide or does she run on her own? If she uses a 
guide can this person go to the class to demonstrate?
re: Aubrie's self advocacy. It sounds to me as if she was speaking up - 
she asked other students to guide her during this activity. I thought 
this was pretty mature.
Hopefully once Aubrie shows the others how capable she is they will not 
immediately assume that she may "slow them down"!
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Bonnie Lucas" <lucas.bonnie at gmail.com>
> Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 8:52 AM
> To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [blindkid] Has this happened to anyone?
> > Something happened in PE yesterday which tells me that we still have 
> > a
> > long way to go to help the school and staff understand that Aubrie 
> > is as
> > capable
> > as the other children in the class. They had a situation where the
> > children were to run around the gym as many times as possible. 
> > Aubrie was
> > talking with
> > another student who is overweight and out of shape. This student 
> > knew that
> > and she and Aubrie asked several students if they would be willing 
> > to be
> > the
> > runner with Aubrie because Aubrie said that the route was confusing 
> > to her
> > and she didn't feel comfortable running it by herself. They found no 
> > one
> > who
> > was willing because as Aubrie put it, "they all assumed that I would 
> > slow
> > them down." Aubrie is a fast runner and loves to run. So, she just 
> > went
> > with
> > the girl and the girl quit, huffing and puffing after three times. 
> > Aubrie
> > was not even breathing heavily. The teacher recognized this and 
> > agreed
> > that Aubrie
> > should have been with someone who was in better shape. Aubrie was so 
> > angry
> > that she could hardly tell me about it.
> >
> > Of course, the problem is that she just started PE after Christmas 
> > and I
> > have not taken the time to speak personally or send a note to the PE
> > teacher about
> > what blindness is and is not. Also the business of being a 
> > selfadvocate is
> > still a piece of her personality that needs more work.
> >
> > My plan now is to send an educational note to the teacher in hopes 
> > of
> > making the remainder  of the class better.
> >
> > Another thing that I wonder about. When I have tried to get Aubrie 
> > to role
> > play with me on how to handle situations, she just refuses. I have 
> > tried
> > to get
> > her to do this to help her with those advocacy skills. any ideas?
> >
> > Bonnie Lucas
> > (770) 992-0484
> > lucas.bonnie at gmail.com

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