Future Reflections May/June 1983, Vol. 2 No. 3

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

FROM NANCY DEAN, SACRAMENTO, COMES THE FOLLOWING FOR THE "MESSY EATER."

I am the mother of a seven-year-old boy totally blind by R.L.F. His eating habits leave much to be desired and his complete messiness is, at this stage of the game, embarassing. He was using a spoon or fork fine but also using his left hand as a pusher and as a picker-upper to place it on his eating utensil first and then it went to his mouth. We tried the customary slice of bread to be used as a pusher to get the food on the fork or spoon but that was eaten before anything else because it was in his hand. So Grandma came up with the idea of having him hold a spoon in his left hand at all times to use as a pusher. It worked! No longer are his hands covered with food and he eats a lot tidier.

FROM NEW YORK: MORE TIPS

From the Winter 1983 issue of Contrast, a newsletter published by the New York Capital District Parents of Visually Handicapped Children.

To help children cut out shapes, draw the outline with white glue and allow it to dry untouched. Child will feel the outline while cutting.

Different sized balls hanging from the ceiling are a neat way to set up the solar system for teaching older youngsters about the planets.

FROM WINIFRED LIPPON, BAY CITY, MICHIGAN COMES THIS LETTER:

Dear Parents:

My daughter is now a young lady. When she was 15 years old, she decided that she wanted to paint a picture so I gave her some finger paints and let her work.

When her dad came home from work he greeted her and asked her, "What are you doing honey?" Of course she said, "I am painting a picture." The painting was a village, perhaps of Africa, there were trees and huts along side of the dirt road.

Of course we thought this was really great, so we entered the painting at the State Fair. Much to our glory, the painting took 2nd place. I wish to add here that my daughter was born blind, and I have her painting hanging on my wall.

This is why I have presented the definitions of colors. These are definitions of colors that can be taught to a blind child to help them have a concept of color.

Black is the night when you sleep and rest.
Brown is the feeling of being comfortable.
Blue is crisp and cool, like when the winds blow.
Gray is like a rainy day, when you play inside.
Green is cool, like rain drops falling on your head.
Gold is the feeling of the sunshine all around you.
Orange is being brave when you are at play.
Purple is being strong when you walk along, being alone.
Pink is soft like a whisper.
Red is happiness and excitement.
White is like snow flakes falling on your face, or water flowing over your hands.
Yellow is when you are feeling happy.

FROM IOWA: COLLEGE STUDENT SEMINAR

Since efficient techniques often are not well known by blind students and others; since public attitudes toward blindness continue to underestimate true potential; and since the Iowa Commission for the Blind does not plan to have its "Student Day" as in the past, the Student Chapter, NFBI, has decided to start an annual tradition. The Student Chapter of the NFB of Iowa is planning a seminar on education after high school for blind students.

This exciting and valuable seminar will be held August 13,1983 at the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. A number of guests are invited to add to the variety of information and discussion at this seminar.

For more information, write to: National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, 4035 Holcomb, Des Moines, IA 50310.

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