Future Reflections

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 33 Number 1                                    Winter 2014

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

Chelsey sits on a wall with a medieval Moroccan fort in the background.

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2014 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

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Orlando Site of 2014 NFB Convention

The 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2014 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $88. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents, as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $95-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before May 28, 2014. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until our block is filled or until May 28, whichever comes first. After our block is filled and/or after May 28, the hotel has no obligation to accept any further reservations, but may do so if it has rooms available. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik's award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2014 convention is:

Tuesday, July 1           Seminar Day
Wednesday, July 2      Registration Day
Thursday, July 3          Board Meeting and Division Day
Friday, July 4              Opening Session
Saturday, July 5          Business Session
Sunday, July 6            Banquet Day and Adjournment

Contents

Volume 33 Number 1                                    Winter 2014

FEATURE

Reinterpreting and Expanding
"The Right to Live in the World"
Listen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Adrienne Asch

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Social Skills for the Younger Years:
Interaction and Play
Listen Now (MP3)
by Conchita Hernandez

TRANSITIONS

Having the Transition Conversation:
Setting Goals for the Future
Listen Now (MP3)
by Lydia Schuck

120 Minutes: How the Federation Helped
One Student Bound for College
Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kendrick

TESTING

College Board Testing Accommodations:
What You Need to Know
Listen Now (MP3)
by Jill Green

Common Core State Standards-Aligned Testing:
Will Your Child Have Access to Accommodations?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Valerie Yingling, Megan Sidhu, Esq., and Melissa Riccobono

CAREERS

Life Lessons from a TreeListen Now (MP3)
by Cayte Mendez

An Unusual and Demanding ProfessionListen Now (MP3)
by Cassandra McNabb-McKinney

Emilie Gossiaux, School of Art Senior Blinded in 2010,
Wins National Art Award
Listen Now (MP3)

TRAVEL

Frequent Flyer: Preparing Your Child for Independent
Travel with the Airlines
Listen Now (MP3)
by Faith Rosenshein Young

Self-Advocacy in Spain:
Curiosity, Confidence, and Commitment
Listen Now (MP3)
by Chelsey Duranleau

TECHNOLOGY

Producing Tactile Materials: An UpdateListen Now (MP3)
by Robert Jaquiss

IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES

The Horse Sense of Proper TrainingListen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Matthew Maurer

Of Parallels, Learning, and New ParadigmsListen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

PROGRAMS

Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math to the Extreme
Listen Now (MP3)
by Natalie Shaheen

Behind the Scenes at Temple Beth El
Sisterhood Braille Bindery
Listen Now (MP3)
an Interview with Barbara Mandelbaum

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer ProgramsListen Now (MP3)

Scholarships, Awards, and MoreListen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

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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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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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Why Join the NOPBC?

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, D.C., 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)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>