[blindkid] Braillists

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Fri Feb 12 19:33:07 UTC 2016

If the student has received proper instruction and preteaching by the TVI
then a braillist is absolutely not necessary.  Blind students need to learn
to read tactile graphs, charts, maps...just like their sighted peers.  If
this is the case then the student should not need assistance in the
classroom.  We want blind children to learn independence and that only
happens when the child and teacher interact with each other.  That is a
critical skill for a lifetime.

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Subject: [blindkid] Braillists

Question - how is push in by a Braillist determined when it is not stated in
the IEP for this type of push in need.

I know here at the Middle if a teacher would like someone to help out, like
Science, one of us Braillists will push in to help go over detailed
diagrams, etc, if the TVI has to be with another student.

Can I lean on the IEP if I can't get braillist support off of my kids?  My
kids don't want them there and neither do I, but they won't listen to my
request for them not to be in the classroom. I feel they are a distraction.
I know the teacher likes them there for additional support (her first year
with a braille student, but the year is over half over, I would hope the
teacher can handle it on her own now.)

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