Future Reflections April 1982, Vol. 1 No. 3

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PARENTS WORKSHOP: AN UPDATE AND A TENTATIVE AGENDA

By: Barbara Cheadle, Editor

Workshops for parents of blind children seem to have become popular
recently. Perhaps the larger numbers of blind and visually impaired children
attending public schools as opposed to residential schools have prompted
this trend. It certainly can seem more difficult to meet other parents and
blind adults and keep up on the latest information about blindness when your
child is in a public school instead of a school for the blind. In any event,
local, regional and national workshops seem to be popping up rather frequently.
I have attended several of these myself, and some were good, some were not.

By and large, however, I think these workshops can be a very fine thing.
Since blindness is not the most common occuring handicap, we parents often
find ourselves isolated with special problems that few others can seem to
share or understand. Isolation soon breeds a distorted perspective, not to
mention frustration and a sense of being alone. A good workshop can do
much to break down that feeling of isolation and, as we share with others who
do understand the special problems we face, we gain a broader, more realistic
perspective about blindness and our child who happens to be blind.

That is why I am so excited about the upcoming Workshop For Parents Of
Blind Children, sponsored jointly by the National Federation of the Blind
Parental Concerns Committee and the Teachers Division of the NFB. A tentative
agenda has been developed, and I believe it will be one of the best, if not best,
workshops yet held for parents. It has something substantial to offer parents of
children of all ages...infants to teenagers. The structure and speakers
selected effectively combine the perspectives and knowledge of the organized
blind, educators of blind children and parents themselves. The agenda follows:
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NFB NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN
April 1982

WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Leamington Hotel
Saturday, July 3, 1982

Sponsored by: The National Federation of the Blind Parental Concerns Committee
and the Teachers Division of the National Federation of the Blind.

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

NOON - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
REGISTRATION. A nominal fee will be charged
to help cover expenses.

INTRODUCTIONS. Mr. Allen Harris will emcee the
program. Mr. Harris is a member of the Board
of the National Federation of the Blind.

BLINDNESS: WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT IT IS NOT.
Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, President, NFB.

YOUR BLIND PRE-SCHOOLER. Mrs. Susan Ford,
Chairman of the Parental Concerns Committee and
a parent of a blind child.

YOUR BLIND CHILD IN SCHOOL. Doris M. Willoughby,
Educator of blind children and author of: A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF BLIND
CHILDREN.

Lunch. Exhibits and Demonstrations.

Braille Reading and Writing
Cane Travel
Techniques in Cooking
Special Devices: Watches, Talking clocks,
Measuring and Cooking Devices, etc.
Literature: Sale Items and Free Materials;
Parents Newsletter Subscriptions and back issues.

OVERVIEW OF EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.
Discussion, Questions.

THE TEENAGE YEARS. Student Division of the NFB.

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: JOB PREPARATION AND EMPLOYMENT.
Panel discussion. Ramona Walhof, Asst. Director of
Job Opportunities for the Blind (J.O.B.), Moderator.
Panelists will include: A blind...Machinist;
Professor of Finance; Housing Counselor and Darkroom
Supervisor.

Summary. Announcement of the "Name the Newsletter"
Contest. Mrs. Barbara Cheadle, parent of a visually
impaired child and Editor of the NFB NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN.
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Workshop for Parents of Blind Children Continued:

For those of you planning to stay overnight one or more evenings, you
may take advantage of the NFB Convention rates. The rates are: Single rooms,
$18.00; doubles and twins, $22.00; and $6.00 for each additional person in
the room. There will be no charge for children under the age of 12 who stay
in the same room with their parents. For each room reservation, send a $20.00
check or money order to: Leamington Hotel, 1014 Third Avenue, South,
Minneapolis, RUN 55404. Phone (612) 370-1100. The $20.00 which is not
refundable will apply toward your room bill. Also, child care will be
available for those needing the service.

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