Future Reflections Jan/ Feb/March 1985, Vol. 4 No. 1
NFB EDUCATION OF THE BLIND SEMINAR
Parents, teachers, blind students and adults -- mark your calendars and start making plans to attend the NFB National Seminar on the Education of the Blind, Saturday, June 29th at the Gait House Motel, Louisville, KY.
* Is the educational system for the blind in this country really doing what needs to be done? If not, why not, and what can, or should we be doing about it?
* What do parents need to know to get the most and best out of the system for their blind child?
* What do blind college or post-secondary education students need and how can they get it?
* What are the future teachers of blind children learning about blind people? What should a teacher of blind children know?
Those questions and others will be addressed by speakers (many nationally known) who represent a variety of perspectives. Members of the organized blind, parents, teachers and representatives of local and national educational institutions for the blind will be on the agenda.
The seminar is jointly sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind Students Division, Parents of Blind Children Division, Educator's Division, Parental Concerns Committee and FUTURE REFLECTIONS. The date, June 29th, is on the weekend preceeding the NFB 1985 National Convention (see article on first page of this issue for more details about room rates and the convention).
MUSIC AND LEARNING TAPES
We have been asked to announce the following: "Music is one of the strongest methods of teaching. Do you want to open a whole new world for your child with some of the most delightful music you have ever hears? Do you want to teach the metric system? Do you want to teach your child the rules of safety, moral values and nature? Write me for a brochure.
1963 Beacon Light
Eagle, ID 83616
NFB STATE PARENT SEMINARS
State affiliates of the NFB continue to show their commitment to blind children by sponsoring special seminars for their parents. Here are five that will be held late winter or early spring of 1985. There are certainly others being planned as well, so if your area is not mentioned and you want to know if one will be held in or near your state, please call your local NFB chapter or write to the editor of FUTURE REFLECTIONS, P.O. Box 1947, Boise, ID 83701. (208) 322-7658.
* On February 9,1985, the National Federation of the Blind of Washington and the NFB of Oregon are holding a seminar for parents of blind children. Issues concerning the education of blind and visually handicapped children as well as the parenting of a blind child will be discussed. The seminar will be held at the Mark 205 Motor Inn in Vancouver, Washington. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. For further information write NFB of Washington, P.O. Box 2516, Seattle, WA 98111 or call (206) 488-0628.
* The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota is pleased to announce its second annual seminar for parents and educators of blind children. In addition to our seminar for you, the parent or teacher, we will be holding a seminar for your blind children. Schedule March 24,1985, on your calendar so that you and your family can be in Minneapolis. For more information write or call: NFB of Minnesota, Suite 715, Chamber of Commerce Bldg., 15 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, RUN 55402. (612)332-5414.
* Karen Mayre, President of the NFB of South Dakota, announces a parent seminar to be held Friday, May 3rd at the SD State Library in Pierre, SD. Guest speakers will include Ruth Van Ettinger (see the Sept/Oct/Nov 1984 FUTURE REFLECTIONS issue) and blind civil rights attorney, Marc Mauer. The South Dakota.NFB convention follows the seminar on Saturday, May 4th. Parents are encouraged to come for the seminar and stay for the convention, too. For more information, contact Karen Mayre, Box 346 Pine Tree Drive, Rapid City, SD 57702. (605) 342-3885 or (605) 384-8418.
* March 30th is the date for the NFB of Massachusettes Parent Seminar. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Framingham State College, Framingham, MA. For more information contact: Priscilla Ferris, 55 Delaware Ave., Sumerset, MA 02726. (617)673-0218.
* In addition to the enormous task of hosting the NFB 1985 National Convention in July, the NFB Kentucky affiliate is also sponsoring a Parent Seminar on Saturday, April 20th. The seminar is not planned as a substitute or alternative to the July NFB Seminar and Convention in Louisville. Rather, it is an introduction to the NFB and to the kinds of information and insights parents can expect more of at the July meetings. For more information, contact Betty Nicely, 3618 Dayton Ave., Louisville, KY 40207. (502) 897-2632.
VISION RESOURCE LIST
VISION Foundation has asked us to make the following announcement.
VISION Foundation, Inc. announces publication of the eighth edition of its popular VISION Resource List. More than 150 items, most of them free, gathered nationwide, are listed. There are 17 items new to the list since its last revision in 1984. 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.
Order from: 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.
ART IS FOR EVERYONE
Here is part of a letter we recently received from Louisiana:
I am the sponsor of a very unique club at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired. It's not the YTeens, Boy Scouts or the Future Homemakers of America. It's an art club.
Our art club is affiliated with the Louisiana Association of the Youth Art Council of America -- YACA -- an organization which has its beginnings in Louisiana and is constantly growing. Chapters are now springing up in Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama.
The LSVI Chapter of YACA is, sofar,theonly"special" school involved in the organization. The members participate in all of the state and district wide activities the same as members from the public schools.
Each chapter has its own calendar of events and projects which are recorded in a chapter scrapbook. Our chapter, it was decided, could not benefit, totally, from a collection of photographs thus after each activity the students write reports on what they saw, felt and learned. Scrapbook reports also allow each member to contribute to the scrapbook -- something that is usually done only by the club's reporter or secretary. Art work and poems are included in the scrapbook. All scrapbook materials are brailled over large print so that all members can enjoy it at their leisure. Scrapbooks are displayed at the annual YACA State Convention. The LSVI Chapter has received 1st place honors awards for its scrapbook for two years in a row at State Convention.
Enclosed with this letter is a calendar of our chapter's activities for the school year which will give you some idea of what YACA at LSVI is all about. We hope to encourage other blind students, educators and parents of the blind to feel as we feel -- that art is for EVERYBODY! -- that art for the blind is not assembling parts from a prepackaged kit to make key chains or basket weavings. It's a total experience! It's feeling, experimenting, expressing, DOING!
For more information abut the Youth Art Council of
America and YACA at LSVI contact:
Ms. Kathy Nichols-Lee, Art Teacher
Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired
P.O. Box 4328 *
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-4328
Telephone: (504) 342-4756
The following announcement comes from Harry A. Fribush of New York.
Feel and Read, See and Read Easter Greeting Cards. Secular only, $3.50 per box of 14 cards. Add 70<P for name in print.
This new price of combination braille and print greeting cards will begin January 1985. Sets of 14-$3.50. Add 700 for name printed on each set. Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy, All Occassion. Orders for 8 cards are discontinued because of high costs in handling and wrapping.
Envelopes - Size 61/2x91/2 are 100 for $4.00. Same size with metal clips are 100 for $6.00.100 long white#10are $2.25.
Post paid. Please include correct payment with order and send to:
Harry A. Fribush
400 Hudson Ave. Apt. 104
Albany, New York 12203
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE
Insight In Sight, the Fifth Canadian Interdisciplinary Conference on the Visually Impaired Child, was held in Vancouver, Canada on October 18-20, and was a resounding success. Presentations were given on a wide variety of topics, including the gifted blind child, the effect of additional handicaps on the development of the visually impaired child, recent developments in opthalmic genetic disorders, and teaching skills of daily living, to name a few.
The proceedings of the Conference are being published at cost, and should be available in January. To purchase a copy, send your name, address and $12.00 in Canadian funds to:
INSIGHT IN SIGHT
c/o CNIB, 350 East 36 Avenue
Last year sometime we printed a list of survey questions from North Carolina. The state was concerned about the education of its blind children, so a committee was formed to do a survey.
The committee made seven recommendations as a result of that survey. In one of the recommendations, FUTURE REFLECTIONS was specifically mentioned as a good resource for parents and teachers. We were pleased about this, of course. But beyond that two of the recommendations could very well be applied to just about any state or educational program for blind children in this country. Here they are along with our thanks to Byron Sykes of North Carolina for sharing them with us.
*An urgent need exists to improve the attitudes of parents and teachers of such courses as math, science and physical education toward the abilities of the blind in these areas. Appropriate staff of the Division should be used to show creative approaches to teach blind children. These, of course, need not disturb the classroom activities nor be particularly expensive to the schools. All steps necessary should be taken to see that books for these courses are ordered WELL in advance.
*Attitude toward blindness seems to be in the negative in areas of extracurricular activities. This would probably be caused by the low expectations of those around these children. This needs improvement. The Child Development Specialists should encourage parental involvement and should work with leaders in these areas. Parents should be encouraged to work with other parents of blind children. An excellent resource might be the newsletter FUTURE REFLECTIONS. Anyone interested can subscribe by writing to: Mrs. Barbara Cheadle, P.O. Box 1947, Boise, ID 83701.
BLIND AND MULTI-HANDICAPPED
Reprinted from the NFB of New Mexico, March, 1984 Newsletter i Que pasa!
by Susan Steele
Julie Meyers was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was most admired for her courage. Although she suffered from the complications of diabetes, including blindness, kidney failure and loss of circulation in her feet, hands, and legs, she saw these limitations as mere inconveniences and refused to let them interfere with her joy of living each moment to the fullest. One day, when she and her mother were driving to Albuquerque from Socorro for her dialysis treatment, her mother's car broke down. With heavy braces on her legs, Julie stood on the freeway and thumbed a ride to Albuquerque in time for her treatment.
Julie loved knowledge and was committed to learning as much as she could. In the Fall semester of 1983, she received a scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. During that semester she became ill and spent two months in the hospital, delirious with fever. Few people expected Julie to even survive. She not only recovered, but successfully completed her classes that semester.
Julie will also be remembered for her generosity and her love for people. Her mother said that Julie lived inside her heart. She gave of her time and herself. At dialysis, she was forever surprising us with little gifts -- sand dollars from California, books, cards, candy, fruit. I too am blind, so Julie brought gifts that I could hear, taste and touch. When I was in the hospital, she brought me beans and chili, stuffed animals and wind chimes to tie above my hospital bed. She even had one of her friends visit me.
Most of all, Julie cared about and really listened to people. She shared who she was and how she felt. A hospital volunteer said, "When I visited Julie, I thought I was helping her, but she was really helping me. She listened to me." When Julie had to stay in the hospital on Thanksgiving day, she invited that volunteer to share Thanksgiving dinner with her. Later he said, "I was so proud that she invited me to dinner. I was proud just to know her."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Julie Meyers was an individual worthy of the respect and admiration of us all. Susan Steele is only one of many people whose lives were touched and enriched by knowing her. In her memory Susan Steel has contributed to the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico's scholarship program believing that Julie Meyers would wish to encourage other blind people seeking lives of dignity and independence.
Reprinted from the March 1984 NCHRTM Memo.
Soon to be added to the collection of books employing voice indexing is the prodigious project entitled First Recorded Dictionary for the Blind Using New Technology. Voice indexing, the imposition of normally pitched index words on the screech of a tape run at high speed, enabled the listener to locate the place at which he/she wishes to play the tape at normal speed. The recording of the Concise Heritage Dictionary contains over 55,000 entries. Available on loan to NLS borrowers through the network of cooperating libraries, it will also be available for purchase from the American Printing House for the Blind, P.O. Box 6985, Louisville, KY 40206. The catalog number is C-1080; the price is $82.50.