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How Can Someone Who Is Visually Impaired Use Microsoft Whiteboard

I have lost track of the number of blind and visually-impaired people, both students and teachers, who I know that struggle with Microsoft’s Whiteboard. The following post is perhaps the best explanation I’ve read about how it can be used. While this is likely more specialized information than the average reader of this blog is interested in, it is, nonetheless, … Continue reading

The 12 Secrets to Raising a Successful Blind Child

Several years ago, I wrote a blog, “The Challenges of Raising a Blind Child,” that served as the skeleton for the following post. I don’t think any readers want to read old material again; but, because the expansion of that post won a national writing award, my wife (proud spouse that she is) insists that this should be posted, and, … Continue reading

Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

The following article, written in 2011, originally appeared as “Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting” and was written by the staff of the on-line site GreatSchools. Although intended for the parent of a child with learning disabilities, the suggestions are still largely applicable for families of blind or visually impaired children. The IEP is a really big deal. It is … Continue reading

Special Accommodations for Standardized Tests

Dry reading alert! While the following post is particularly important for students, their parents, and teachers, the typical reader is likely to find it to be a substitute for ambien. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution. Standardized tests, whether Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT, GRE, or whatever, are daunting under the best of circumstances. Having to hack your way through the … Continue reading

Knowledge Before College (Part 1)

Knowledge Before College Part 1

As a high-school student, Sarah Holloway was one of the founding members of Club VIBES. She has received her B.S. in microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is Part One of an article written by Sarah as a guest writer for “Freed to Fly”. Making the transition from high school to college can be a seemingly overwhelming and … Continue reading

Great Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

2016 Gift giving ideas

As I’m writing this, my wife is unpacking Holiday decorations and has Christmas music playing on Pandora. The air in our house is just soggy with good will and love of our fellow man. The only problem with all of this seasonal festiveness is that it means that shopping is just around the corner. For me, this is a torture of which the Spanish Inquisition would have been proud.

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