Future Reflections

Volume 35 Number 2                 Special Issue: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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.

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2016 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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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Unlocking the Impossible
by Deborah Kent Stein

FEATURE

On LEGO, the Pattern of Experience, and Building a Generation of Blind Scientists and Engineers
by Mark A. Riccobono

BEGINNINGS

You Are Never Too Young for STEM
by Marilyn Winograd and Lillian Rankel

Raised in Science: How Parents Can Bring up a Blind Scientist
by Geerat Vermeij

WAYS AND MEANS

The Making of a Blind Maker
by Joshua Miele

A Love Affair with LEGO
by Matthew Shifrin

High-Caliber Problem, Low-Tech Solution
by Cricket Bidleman, Dan Brown, and Mike Tomac

How I Got Access to My STEM Textbooks
by Cary Supalo

Science Is for Everyone
by Barbara R. Heard

CAREERS AND PASSIONS

Maximizing Return: How an Investment of Time in Your Blind Child Can Pay Dividends in the Financial Services Industry
by Kane Brolin

The Cutting Edge: Holding Our Own in the Age of Information
by Ameenah A. Ghoston

Business and Being Blind: One Man's Winning Combination
by Gary Wunder

My New Old Clock
by Frederick W. Noesner

PROGRAMS

National Center for Blind Youth in Science: Increasing Blind People's Informal STEM Learning Opportunities
by Natalie Shaheen

Instruments of the Future
by Caleb Hyndman

Helping Each Other, Helping Ourselves
by Kaylee Nielson

Building and Bonding
by Chris Matthews

REVIEW

DK Braille Books
Reviewed by Janna Harvey

NOPBC CONFERENCE 2016

Transitions: Where You Are and Where You Want to Go
by Kim Cunningham

Schedule at a Glance: Child Care at Convention
by Carla McQuillan

Schedule of Events for Adults, Children, and Youth

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ODDS AND ENDS

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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 fifty 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:

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter. You can find your state chapter at <http://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?

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

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