[blindkid] Incorporating braille at home

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Wed May 20 17:43:08 UTC 2015

I am no longer a child but have blind and visually impaired exchange
students live with us each year.  I have our washer and dryer marked,
organize things in the refrigerator so they can find them, place
rubber bands around shampoo bottles so they can tell shampoo from
conditioner, show them how to find recipes on the internet, and so
much more.  As a blind child growing up I had chores from a very early
age.  I was responsible for chosing my own clothes each day and
helping around the house as any child would do.  The one area Mom
struggled was teaching me to cook.  She learned to cook many things
back before recipes so she didn't measure much.  I did learn to cook
and fixed meals for all of my children.  These are critical skills all
children need to learn.  A little creative thinking can make it
possible for parents to teach their blind children to do anything.

On 5/20/15, Roanna Bacchus via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Dear Blkid List Members,
> I'd like to pick up on the post that I made last week about
> incorporating the expanded core curriculum into our lives at
> home.  How have you worked to incorporate braille into the lives
> of your children at home? My mom has placed velcro labels on our
> microwave at home.  I have been heating my own food up ever since
> then and I enjoy doing it.  I have lots of braille books at home
> that I read during my liesure time.  I look forward to hearing
> your thoughts on this topic.
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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