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New Tax-exempt Savings Plan for the Disabled

Tax Advice

Now, before you think you will need an amphetamine to get through this, let me say that this appears to describe legislation that can have direct financial benefit for a large number of people who are blind/visually impaired. Don’t let some of the high-dollar figures in the document lead you to believe this is something only for those in the

Do I Really Have to Learn Braille?

Now that blind students can have access to talking computers, why in the world should they have to learn Braille? Computers are fun, even addictive; Braille is hard. Computers are twenty-first century; Braille is nineteenth century. Computers are cool; Braille is, well, old-fashioned. Before looking a little more closely at the issue, a few words of self-disclosure may be in

Secrets to Following Up on the IEP

It’s tempting to think that you’re finished once the IEP is drafted. It may be helpful to remember that the IEP is a means to an end, insuring that your child gets the best, most appropriate education possible, and not an end unto itself. In this final post in the IEP series, we’ll look at some things you can do

Secrets for a Successful Transition Plan

To paraphrase the children’s nursery rhyme, when transition planning is good, it is very, very good, but, when it is bad, it is pretty worthless. Before looking at what you can do to make it “very, very good,” it might be helpful to take a minute to see what transition planning is and why it matters. Purpose. A transition plan

Secrets of a Successful IEP Meeting

In the last post, we looked at what can be done before the IEP to minimize your anxiety and make it a more productive experience for everyone. Additionally, there are a number of things that you can do in the IEP meeting itself to insure that it benefits both you and your child. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Every

Secrets for Planning for a Successful IEP

If you or a family member are blind or visually impaired, you will, or already have, been involved with an individualized education program (IEP). Although it can be very beneficial, the experience can also be overwhelming. The next four posts are intended to be a primer to help demystify the process and help insure that you can make the most

Driver or Passenger

Image from back seat

Several years ago, I was having dinner with two blind friends when the conversation turned to dreams. One person, we’ll call him Bob, mentioned that he had a recurrent dream in which he was always a passenger in the back seat of a car in which there was no one driving. The other friend, we’ll call him Bill, said that

12 Secrets to Parenting a Blind Child

Parents and Child Shadow

While the following list is certainly not comprehensive, it is a pretty good set of guidelines for parenting a blind child. It’s based on a great many conversation with “successful,” blind adults and asking how they were raised. I think everything on this list would be good parenting practice for any child, but these are things that are especially important if this child is visually impaired.

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