[blindkid] Information for high school juniors

Dan M. Callahan CallahanD at jgb.org
Mon May 17 19:50:14 UTC 2010

I just want to remind the parent's of legally blind high school juniors
that the Jewish Guild for the Blind offers over a dozen college
scholarships of up to $15,000 each to students planning to attend a
non-sectarian fully accredited college or university. The scholarships
are competitive (based on academic achievement) and open to any legally
blind student in the United States. Applications will be accepted from
students during the Summer between their junior and senior years in high
school.  To apply, log on to www.jgb/guildscholar.asp  


Dan Callahan
Children's Vision Health Initiative
Jewish Guild for the Blind
(212) 769-7815  or  (800) 915-0306

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   1. New Book From VIEW International Foundation (Robert Jaquiss)
   2. High School (EMMOL at aol.com)


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Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 15:40:26 -0500
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Subject: [blindkid] New Book From VIEW International Foundation
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     VIEW International Foundation is please to announce that we have a
new book available. This is the start of a new series which we are
calling the Anne and Alex Explorer Series. The title is: Anne and Alex
1996; Book One.
Anne age seven is Sighted and Alex age six is Blind. Anne and Alex are
to be adopted by the family of Ben and Mary Walker who live in Forest
Grove Oregon. Anne and Alex embark on a series of adventures. They visit
real places which their readers could also visit. This series is
intended for junior high and above. The good characters in this series
adhere to traditional family values. For more information, to read a few
chapters and have an opportunity to purchase a copy click on the
following link:
Look for the word "Anne" for faster navigation. 


Robert Jaquiss


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Subject: [blindkid] High School
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Realized I had saved the questions regarding blind high school students
for  a less busy time. Not sure when that is. So, I apologize for the
delay in responding. Patrick is a junior preparing for college. Our
recent time  and focus relates to our many college visits on the
weekends. Also  time devoted to the SAT.
So...things that we have found to work: 
*Key the locker rather than the standard combination lock. Add his
combination lock to the gym locker. A locker on the end of a row helps.
*O&M always after school, once a week. It has interfered with certain
after school activities and we try and work the schedule around that. We
have switched the day different years depending on his activity
schedule. It is his  responsibility to let her know ahead of time if he
will be running late due to a  mandatory meeting, which happens in high
school. Urban travel is scheduled for  teacher in-service days.The O&M
would prefer that he misses a Friday once a  month for this. We feel
that the missed class work, trying to make up work  and/or tests is too
much to ask.
*Identify one librarian (there are several in our high school) who is
familiar with Patrick's equipment so that if he needs assistance when
researching or scanning etc. someone is knowledgeable. He's generally
independent, but it's good to have a "go to person" as the vision
teacher is  only in district for part of the day.
*Vision Teacher is in the building, daily. In ninth grade they met after
school. In tenth & eleventh grade one period a day for technology.
(Patrick gave up choir and they eliminated health from his schedule.)
Technology time can be "soft" such as previewing materials for geometry
or more sophisticated such as programs used in chemistry, an
internet/jaws glitch,  scanning, power point assistance, to name a few.
She is available to push in to math if needed. Usually at the beginning
of the year, not needed now. Some years more challenging, such as with
She also has consult time in her schedule to meet with teachers. Much
information gathering is done via email for assignments etc, but it is
important  that she is in the building and available for questions.She
oversees his technology in the building. She oversees the ordering of
books, etc. but we added that as a goal for Patrick to begin in 10th
grade. Contacting next years  teachers, getting book lists and ordering
materials, to assist with the  transition to college. We also find that
the early contact gets teachers thinking and they have their questions
ready. They also see Patrick  as responsible for his program and feel
more comfortable directing  questions to him. 
Sorry for the length of this. I could go on. There are many little
things that help to make it work. Patrick actually did a power point on
this topic. 
 (Maybe next year's convention...) I would be happy to answer specific
questions  as I only touched on many things and didn't get into other
things. We are  preparing for his final IEP meeting. Hard to believe!


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