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Helpful Books

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Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model
by Joseph Cutter

"Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model is an innovative guide to encouraging activity, movement, and independence in the young blind child.  Full of creative ideas and demonstrating a fundamental belief in the child's ability to learn, the book presents a "bottom-up" approach which combines natural interactions with the child and play situations with the alternative techniques of blindness.  Emphasizing partnerships and a team approach, the book provides guidance for parents, physical therapists, teachers of the blind, and O&M instructors who desire to create a learning environment in which the blind child can become curious, involved, active, and independent." -Carol Castellano

Making It Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular Classroom
by Carol Castellano

Making It Work is a definitive manual for the classroom teacher who has a blind student in his or her class. It is packed with information and advice on how to integrate a blind student into a regular elementary or secondary school program. 'Life as a blind person need not be any more frustrating or stressful than life with eyesight--as long as blind/visually impaired children are taught the skills and given the tools they need to accomplish tasks with independence and with success,' writes Carol Castellano. The news that a blind child will enroll often causes anxiety for teachers. Making It Work provides the answers to many questions asked by teachers, assuring them that, with the necessary skills, the blind child can participate on an equal basis with sighted peers in every aspect of school life.

The Bridge to Braille
by Carol Castellano and Dawn Kosman

The Bridge to Braille is a practical, step-by-step guide that shows parents and teachers how to help blind children progress from early literacy experiences to full participation in the classroom.  This book demystifies the education of blind children and enables parents and teachers to give ordinary help with spelling, homework, reports, and projects to students who just happen to be blind.  Covered topics include adapting materials, beginning Braille reading, doing math in Braille, using technology, independence in the classroom, about Braille books, and more.

Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students
by Doris M. Willoughby and Sharon L.M. (Duffy) Monthei

Readable, practical, and thorough, this book covers all the topics one would expect in a book with this title. Best of all, it's also a great resource for parents and other non-professionals. Topics include: testing and evaluation; techniques for blind youth in math, science, home economics, art, music, technical education, physical education, daily living skills, and so forth; teaching Braille; teaching cane travel; professional concerns (such as organizing paperwork, developing relationships with parents and co-workers, etc.); and much more.
*To obtain a free print copy, send a donation to the NOPBC to help defray shipping costs.  Make the check out to NOPBC, and mail it to NOPBC Free Offer, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. To obtain a Braille or 2-track cassette copy, simply e-mail ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Be sure to include your name, address, and medium of choice. While supplies last.*

Modular Instruction for Independent Travel
by Doris M. Willoughby and Sharon L. Monthei

Dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Jernigan. This book is a flexible, practical guide for teaching cane travel to students from preschool age through high school.  In most subjects (science, physical education, reading, and so forth) there are a multitude of ready-made curricula and resource books. With cane travel, however, there are very few publications that have concrete, varied, and positive suggestions such as those contained in this book.  The authors, Doris Willoughby and Sharon Monthei, have a wide variety of experiences with students of all ages and abilities.  This is reflected in their dynamic, friendly, and helpful book.

The Slate Book
by Jennifer Dunnam

In her introduction, Jennifer Dunnam, an experienced Braille teacher, explains how this low-tech device continues to meet a critical need in a high-tech world.  In clear, concise language accompanied by photographs, she covers every imaginable topic, including loading the slate, moving the slate down the paper, and increasing speed.  There are also suggestions for techniques such as making flash cards, taking notes, and doing math problems.  Sources of Braille-writing supplies and descriptions of different slates and styluses are given, as well.

A Handbook of Braille Contractions
Compiled by Harry Schuchman

This practical guide to Braille contractions is written for Braille teachers and students.  It covers a multitude of words that can be shortened, or contracted, in Braille.  An alphabetical listing provides Grade I words followed by the Grade II, or contracted forms.  This book is written in a twin vision format, enabling a sighted user to examine the text in print as a blind user reads the same page in Braille.