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Walking on Hot Coals

Hot Coals

Hearing the phrase, “When I was growing up,” at least for me, is as good as taking a sleeping pill. My mind wonders and my eyelids get heavy. If you can fight the urge to nod off, I’d like to begin by talking about when I was growing up. It was a time (in the 1950s and 60s) before any

Advocating or Aggravating

Confused looking red gumby-type character

What exactly does it mean “to advocate” and how do you do it? Clearly, advocacy has become one of the popular buzz words among disabled people in recent years. I’ve noticed, however, that while blind students and their parents are encouraged to advocate for their needs, very little attention is paid as to what to do and not do. At

Can You See Anything?

Can You See Anything?

Virtually all of us, as small children, are taught not to ask why Uncle Fred is so fat or the next door neighbor has so many wrinkles. I’ve noticed that even people whose social skills are fairly appalling have generally mastered this lesson. I clearly remember the day when, at about age six, I asked my mother why “Aunt Mary

Great Resources Supporting Parents and Families

Little girl with glasses

Having a child with a vision problem can be an especially lonely experience. In addition to all the usual challenges of raising a child, you know you will have to take on many more, and you’re not even sure what they all are to say nothing of having little or no idea where to get the answers. If you live

Must-know National Resources for Parents

Clear sight through eye glasses

If you, your child, or a family member are new to vision loss, the following is a brief list of several of the most widely known and best respected organizations providing assistance to people who are blind or visually impaired. This is just to get you started; we’ll suggest many more in future posts. The American Foundation for the Blind

Gift Ideas for the Visually Impaired

Gift Ideas

If you think shopping for that hard-to-please someone is a challenge, what do you do if the person on the gift list has little or no vision? The following short list of suggestions may help get you started. Braille watch. It’s not necessary to read a word of Braille to use a Braille watch. The hours or the five minute

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