Future Reflections January- February 1984, Vol. 3 No. 1

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

PHOENIX IN '84

The 1984 NFB convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration will Open Monday, July 2 and convention session will run from Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7. The annual meeting of the Parents of Blind Children Division will likely be held the Sunday preceeding or following the convention. Plans are also being laid for a Parent's workshop. More will be announced about that later.

The Hyatt Regency is now accepting reservations, and the room rates are unbelievably low, (unbelievable, that is, if you are not familiar with president Dr. Jernigan's skill in negotiation and the NFB's good reputation with past convention sites.) Rates are: $23.00 -- Singles $24.00 -- Doubles and Twins $27.00 -- Forathird person in the room 6% -- Sales tax

There is no charge for children under 12 in the same room with parent(s). To make your reservations, write Hyatt Regency, 122 North Second St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

JUST FOR KIDS -- ART YOU CAN EAT

The following fun projects appeared in the September, 1983 BLIND MISSOURIAN (the state newsletter of our Missouri NFB affiliate). Dottie Neely, a blind mother, former teacher of blind children and currently a rehabilitation teacher of blind adults, contributed these ideas.

I CAN EAT MY NECKLACE: This project is simple. Materials needed are a threaded needle, Cheerios or Froot-Loops, one eager child, and a dish. The procedure is for Mom to thread a needle with a double strand of thread, knotting the end with a piece of cereal so that when the child strings the cereal it will not slip off. The thread should be about two feet long when doubled, about four feet single. Older children can be encouraged to estimate how many pieces of cereal will fill the string. Children may also count pieces as they are strung. Children with some sight may be encouraged to separate the Fruit-Loops into bowls, and make patterns of the colors. Blind children may need them separated for them, but in both cases, both can make patterns of color. As the day progresses, and the child wears the necklace, it can be eaten.

I CAN EAT MY PAINT: This fun project is fingerpaint-with-pudding. When Mom makes dessert for the noon or evening meal, she can give her child a small amount of prepared instant pudding, of any flavor, and have the child finger-paint with it using either waxed paper or finger-paint paper. Children eagerly participate in this activity. Mom doesn't need to worry about paint being taken into the child's mouth. Older children can practice writing in this delicious paint. Clean-up is easy and licking of fingers permitted.

I CAN EAT MY INITIALS: Using a simple recipe for bread dough, or biscuits from the dairy section of the grocery story, children should be encouraged to form their initials. These can be baked in the oven after a glaze of egg-white is painted on them. Salt can be added to taste. This is a good activity for small children who are learning letters of their name for the first time. The more senses a parent involves in the learning process, the more the lesson is retained. Children love to work with things about themselves, what better place to start than having them make and eat their name or initials.

A CHILD WHO WAITS

Shortly before the holidays, Denise Mackenstadt of Seattle, Washington called to ask if we would print some information about a blind child who needed a home. Denise's husband, Gary, is president of the National Federation of the Blind of Washington state, and they have long been close associates and friends of mine. Denise vouched for the legitimacy and good reputation of the adoption organization that wanted us to print this information. Since my blind son is adopted, I must admit that I have a special interest in blind and visually impaired children who need homes; and I often encourage couples planning to adopt to consider these children. Anyway, here is the letter WACAP (the adoption agency) sent to me. For the eighth year, the week of Thanksgiving has been designated as National Adoption Week. Throughout the United States, adoptive parent groups and adoption and child advocacy organizations have focused our attention on the urgency and importance of providing waiting children with permanent families. Within the United States, it is estimated that there are at least 750,000 children growing up without permanent family attachments. For at least 150,000 of these, including many minority children, school-age children, and children with special physical, mental and emotional needs, adoption by loving families is very much needed.

It is difficult to estimate the number of orphaned children who are currently waiting in other countries. For these children, too, adoptive parents are very much needed.

One such waiting child is Amol. Born in East Bengal, India, in Decemberof 1976, Amol lost both of his parents as a very young child due to sickness and starvation. As a toddler, he also lost much of his vision following an illness. Amol does have perception of light and shadow, and is currently attending a school for the blind in India. The school reports that, "Amol is bright and intelligent and shows interest in learning new things. He enjoys outdoor activities and swimming. He recently won a prize in a recitation competition. Amol is a healthy, happy and cheerful child, and mixes readily with the other children and all of the adults." It seems so very evident that Amol's greatest handicap is that he has no family.

Adoption Services of WACAP in Port Angeles, Washington, is anxious to help Amol find his forever family, and to assure that he will grow up knowing the love and nurturance which only a family can provide. There are no specific requirements for the adoptive family, although they must have a current homestudy by a licensed child-placing agency which will also provide post-placement services.

If you know of someone who might be interested in learning more about Amol, or other waiting children, please have them call Deenette Woodward at the WACAP office, (206)452-2308. There is currently a f undraising effort to raise monies to defer some of the expenses of Amol's adoption, and tax-deductible donations for this cause would be most welcome. Donations may be sent to: Adoption Services of WACAP, P.O. Box 2009, Port Angeles, Washington 98362, in the name of Amol.

Throughout the United States and the world there are so very many children who go to sleep each night, and awaken to face the dawn of each new day, without a family of their own. Together, we can make a difference in their lives, and create for them a future of hope.

Submitted By: Barbara Knowles November 15, 1983 (206) 481-7310

VISION RESOURCE LIST

We have been asked to announce the following: VISION Foundation, Inc. announces publication of the seventh edition of its popular VISION Resource List.

More than 150 items, most of them free, which have been gathered nationwide, are listed. There are 36 items new to the list since its last revision in 1982. Resources include brochures, sample magazines, catalogs, cookbooks, and other materials in print, large print, braille, disc and cassette. Not every item is available in all media.

The VISION Resource List is available, free in single copies, in large print and on cassette. Orderfrom: VISION Foundation, Inc., 2 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02172. Tel: (617) 926-4232: Mass. Toll-free: 1-800-852-3029. Please specify large print or cassette.

ANOPTHALMIA INFORMATION WANTED

Here is another parent who wishes to get in touch with parents whose children have the same eye condition as her child. We are pleased to provide this service, and we hope that any new information or developments you come across will be passed on to FUTURE REFLECTIONS so we may share it with all our readers.

My son was born with Anopthalmia (without eyes). I would like to find other parents who have children born with Anopthalmia. I would like information on development and corrective surgery, my son is 3 years old. Mrs. Paula Payne Rt. 2, Box 168 Kershaw, S.C. 29067 1-803-273-9264

TWIN-VISION BOOKS, BRAILLE CALENDARS

The American Brotherhood for the Blind produces and distributes for small children books that contain identical print and Braille texts side by side -- Twin Vision books. These books are distributed free of charge throughout the United States to: State Schools for the Blind Blind children and blind parents through the American Brotherhood for the Blind Lending Library

Institutions serving the blind Schools and libraries in many foreign countries. The American Brotherhood for the Blind also produces Braille calendars and distributes them free of charge to blind individuals. They are an excellent calendar, and many consider them the best available. To order the free Braille calendar, or to sign up for the Twin-Vision Lending Library service write to: American Brotherhood for the Blind, 18440 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, California 91356.

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