Future Reflections

Volume 37 Number 3                          Summer 2018

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

Kimberly Banks and her daughter, Alyssa. See story, Our Fight for Access.

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2018 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
https://nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Contents

FEATURE

Words of Wisdom
compiled by Krystal Guillory

EDUCATION

Helpful Hints for Paraprofessionals Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain

Blind Students Are Normal Students
by John E. Harrison

BRAILLE

An Open Letter to Parents
by Barbara Pierce

Story of Ele
by Naomi Mills

ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY

Ecorched
by Justin Salisbury

Why I Love My Cane and What It Means to Me
by Jasmyn Polite

Play Ball and Teach Sound Localization to Blind Students
by Liz Wisecarver

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Let's Dance: How I Dealt with Choreography
by Kelsey Nicolay

Taking Life by the Reins
by Melissa Carney

My Life in 4-H
by Kaitlyn Ryan

Mutual Welfare and Benefit
by Sara Luna

TECHNOLOGY

Driving Blind on the Information Superhighway: The New and Improved Rules of the Road
by Amy Mason

Why Human Readers Are No Substitute for Accessible Software
by Sabra Ewing

ADVOCACY

Our Fight for Access
by Kimberly Banks

PERSPECTIVES

On Being a Disabled Introvert and the Follies of Social Skills Training
by Arielle Silverman

Why Is Helen Keller the Only Blind Person Anyone Knows?
by Mike Hudson

Sharp Elbows, Sharper Thoughts
by Ryan Strunk

REVIEW

Two Novels by Kristen Witucki
reviewed by Deborah Kendrick

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ODDS AND ENDS

     Complete Future Reflections

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     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

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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