A Magazine for Parents and Teachers of Blind Children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.
Volume 32 Number 3 Summer 2013
Deborah Kent Stein, Editor
Copyright © 2013 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
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Volume 32 Number 3 Summer 2013
The Letter of the Law: How Decisive Correspondence Can Provide
Greater Literacy Opportunities for Blind and
Visually Impaired ChildrenListen Now (MP3)
by Krystal Guillory
Adventure Walks: Helping Your Child Who
Is Blind Move Around OutdoorsListen Now (MP3)
by Susan Shier Lowry
Who Is Teaching Your Child Braille? National Certification in Literary
Braille for Teachers of the Visually ImpairedListen Now (MP3)
by Casey L. Robertson
Hands-on Science: Experiences in the STEM Subjects for Students
in Kindergarten and Elementary SchoolListen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Lillian Rankel and Marilyn Winograd
eTouchSciences Apps: A New Way to Interact with
Science and Math ContentListen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Marjorie Darrah
Testing the CurrentListen
An Interview with Amy Bower
From Eyes to Hands: Introducing Braille to a
Student with Low VisionListen Now (MP3)
by Heather Field
My Life As a High PartialListen
by Rose Sloan
Orientation and Mobility, One
Instructor's PerspectiveListen Now (MP3)
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain
Starting the Transition Conversation: What's Next? Listen
by Lydia Schuck
From Requirement to Desire: Why
Community Service Is ImportantListen Now (MP3)
by Kaiti Shelton
What Worked and What Didn'tListen
by Rick Fox
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Finishing Is WinningListen
by José Nogueras
Out of the BoxListen
by Jerry Whittle
APH Quota Funds: How to Access Free Educational
Materials for Blind and Deaf-Blind StudentsListen Now (MP3)
by Amber Bobnar
PROGRAMS AND CONFERENCES
The Coolest Camp on the MapListen
by Ana Martinez Larumbe
It's a Happy Story: The 2013 Braille Summit,
A Parent's PerspectiveListen Now (MP3)
by Penny Duffy
Strive for IndependenceListen
by Rena Smith
News from Parents of Blind Children of New JerseyListen
by Carol Castellano
New NOPBC Board ElectedListen Now (MP3)
Integrating Print and Braille: A Recipe for LiteracyListen
Edited by Sharon Maneki
Reviewed by Lynda Zwinger
ANNOUNCEMENTS Listen Now (MP3)
ODDS AND ENDS Listen Now (MP3)
Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)
Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)
Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the US in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 US per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.
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To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to [email protected]. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.
Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child? Don’t know where to turn?
Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children. NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing. We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education. We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates.
Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up? The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do. We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.
What is different about the NOPBC?
Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.
No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth. One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference. Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB. The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.
What is the mission of the NOPBC?
The purpose of the NOPBC is to:
• create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
• provide information and support to parents of blind children.
• facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
• develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
• help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
• function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.
Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter. You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>. If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us. We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.
What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?
• National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
• Future Reflections Magazine
• NOPBC Website
• Books and Videos
• Blindkid & Other Listservs
• Early Childhood Conferences
• Pop-Up IEP Website
• Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
• Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
• AAF Free Braille Books Program
• Share Braille Book Exchange
• Writing Contests
• Junior Science Academy
• Youth Slam High School Science Academy
• National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
• NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
• Where the Blind Work Website
• Free White Cane Program
• Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
• NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
• Scholarship Program
• Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
• Parent Leadership Program (PLP)
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children