Future Reflections

Volume 40, Number 3      Summer 2021

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

Michelle Murrey’s daughter uses a Perkins Braillewriter. Read The World Is Our Classroom

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2021 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/nopbc[email protected][email protected]

Contents

FEATURE

A Mother in Wonderland: Securing Services for My Blind Child
by Carla Keirns

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Supporting the Person, Not the Diagnosis: Blindness and Additional Disabilities
by Carol Castellano

The World Is Our Classroom
by Michelle Murrey

Clear Skies
by Charles Pat McKenna

ROADS LESS TRAVELED

Running toward the Danger
by Gloria Rodriguez

The Day I Touched the Sky
by Sara Luna

Inclusion in the Theatre: Embracing Your Passion for Performance
by Elizabeth Rouse

Thinking Fast for a Show: How I Conquered My Anxiety to Perform on Stage
by Precious Perez

RESEARCH

Access and Engagement: The Effects of the Pandemic on the Education of Blind, Low-Vision, and Deafblind Students
by L. Penny Rosenblum

PERSPECTIVES

Super Mama: Cheering for My Blind Daughter
An Interview with Vicki Fant

Will He Still Be Here at Nightfall?
by Anonymous

REVIEW

Ten Ways to Hear Snow
by Cathy Camper
Reviewed by Deborah Kent Stein

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Touching The News
by Lee Kumutat

STEM EQ: Origami and Spatial Thinking
by Andrea Cataquiz

Share Your Stories

Congratulations!

Report of the NOPBC Conference at the 2021 NFB National Convention
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

Announcements

Complete Future Reflections

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind/low-vision child? Don’t know where to turn? Have you ever wondered what your child will be capable of when he or she grows up? Are you concerned that your child’s future will be limited by blindness or low vision? Do you have questions about how to parent a blind child? We are here for you.

What is the NOPBC?

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), is a membership organization of families, friends, and educators of blind children. We have thousands of members in all fifty states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Who is the NOPBC for?

We have a very inclusive definition of blindness which includes children who have some usable vision. Instead of focusing on what the child can or cannot see, we focus on the child and what she or he wants to be.

NOPBC is for families, educators, and friends of blind children, including those who have some usable vision. We welcome all families of blind children, and many of our children have both blindness and other disabilities.

We help families and blind children themselves maximize the child’s abilities and opportunities; we hold high expectations for all of our children, regardless of any additional disabilities they may have.

Why is the NOPBC a part of the National Federation of the Blind?

As a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, the NOPBC is well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. When we as parents join the NOPBC, our children belong to the Federation family.

What is our mission?

The NOPBC:

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.

Why Join the NOPBC?

We have been where you are, and we want to support you and your blind child. We know that blindness does not define your child's future. 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.  

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents, families, and educators of blind children. NOPBC provides:

We offer a wide variety of 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. This conference 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.

Programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NFB and NOPBC

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
[email protected]
www.nopbc.org

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