This book would not have been possible without the assistance of the staff of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the Jacobus tenBroek Library, and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Special thanks for their leadership and encouragement goes to Mark Riccobono, Director of the Jernigan Institute, Dr. Joanne Wilson and Dr. Jessica Ewell. Barbara Cheadle, President Emerita of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, and Carol Castellano, Director of Programs and a longtime leader in the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, gave invaluable editorial assistance.

The material presented in this book came from numerous sources. Carol Castellano, Doris Willoughby, and Sharon Duffy generously gave permission for excerpts from their renowned publications to be used in this monograph. The practical advice and case studies from the 2009 Teacher Consortium made it possible to produce a meaningful guide for parents and teachers. IEP advocates, such as Melissa Riccobono and Holly Miller, also helped to shape this guide. The numerous personal experiences shared by blind men and women and parents of blind children gave the book a very necessary infusion of reality. The evidence-based research provided by experts such as Dr. Ruby Ryles and Dr. Fredric Schroeder, added to the information base of the book. All of these contributors will now enable teachers and parents to find what they need in one publication.

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