[blindkid] Brl Books in Pre-K
icdx at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 12 04:53:48 UTC 2009
Any books or materials that are used as a "text" for all the kids should
absolutely be provided in braille.
As far as other "free/pleasure" reading books, I agree with Sally. If this
is an exposure issue, get some combo print-braille books & just bring them
into class for the year. There are lots of resources for this. The other
kids will see & be curious & explore them too. The classroom teacher will
likely support this.
A TVI that puts up barriers, is territorial, & insists that a
"braille-trained" has to be present when a child explores a braille book, is
a red flag for potential problems.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sally Thomas" <seacknit at gmail.com>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)"
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 12:02
Subject: Re: [blindkid] National Federation of the Blind EndorsesGoogleBooks
Settlement Before Congress
> There are lots of free braille books available. The school librarian can
> get books from NLS. Your child can get a Bookshare account and books can
> be embossed with little difficulty (that may not be true for more
> complicated books but simple books shouldn't cause too much trouble).
> There are free books from Seedlings, Braille Institute and Seeing Hands.
> I guess the difficulty is that you may have to do a lot of the footwork
> yourself. I feel like I know a whole lot more about braille technology
> and resources than I ever imagined I would. It may not seem right but you
> have to be the tail wagging the dog in order to get the things your child
> needs. I've found that once the school realizes that you know what you're
> talking about and you aren't going to back down, they begin to cooperate
> I haven't heard any stories of a perfect school that always got what the
> child needed in a timely manner but I've heard lots of stories of parents
> who've worked hard to get their kids what they need. That's where I get
> my inspiration to keep on fighting.
> Sally Thomas
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Susan Harper" <sueharper at firstchurchgriswold.org>
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)"
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 9:05 AM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] National Federation of the Blind Endorses
> GoogleBooks Settlement Before Congress
>> Thank you. I will be passing this on.
>> Our BESB worker does not think that our children should have access to
>> Braille books in Pre-K similar to the sighted children who have print
>> available. There isn't anyone who can Braille in the school and the
>> teachers and aides have not had training according to our BESB worker to
>> able to work with Braille. Any suggestions!
>> Sue H.
>> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 7:07 PM, Freeh, Jessica <JFreeh at nfb.org> wrote:
>>> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>>> Chris Danielsen
>>> Director of Public Relations
>>> National Federation of the Blind
>>> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
>>> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
>>> cdanielsen at nfb.org
>>> National Federation of the Blind
>>> Endorses Google Books Settlement Before Congress
>>> Urges Justice Department to Support Settlement
>>> Washington, DC (September 10, 2009): The National Federation of the
>>> the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people and the
>>> advocate for access by the blind to digital information, testified
>>> the House Judiciary Committee today that the proposed settlement between
>>> Google and authors and publishers regarding the Google Books project
>>> be approved. The Google Books settlement will make millions of titles
>>> available to the blind and other Americans with print disabilities,
>>> providing more access to the printed word than the blind have had in all
>>> human history.
>>> Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, told
>>> the House Judiciary Committee: "The Google settlement is, for the blind
>>> many others, the next step in the democratization of knowledge. That
>>> process began with the introduction of the printing press and then, for
>>> blind, with the invention of Braille. Now technology is available that
>>> transcends the traditional limitations of both print and Braille,
>>> to make millions of titles available to the blind in Braille or any
>>> format of our choice. The narrow business interests of Google's
>>> must not be allowed to block Americans who cannot read print from all of
>>> opportunities that greater access to written knowledge will make
>>> to them. It is time for the doors of the world's great libraries to be
>>> opened and welcome to everyone."
>>> The National Federation of the Blind also urged the United States
>>> Department of Justice, which is reviewing the terms of the settlement,
>>> support the agreement.
>>> "The Google Books settlement is a major step forward in advancing the
>>> rights of blind Americans and others who cannot read print because it
>>> substantially increases our opportunities for education and employment,"
>>> President Maurer said. "The Justice Department, which is tasked with
>>> protecting the civil rights of all Americans, should respect the
>>> of the parties to the settlement and allow its access provisions to be
>>> implemented. In doing so, the government will send a strong message
>>> that it
>>> values the participation of the blind in society and believes that we
>>> have access to all of the information to which our sighted friends and
>>> colleagues have access."
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