Future Reflections

The National Federation of the Blind Magazine for Parents and Teachers of Blind Children

Vol. 2, No. 2    March/April 1983

Barbara Cheadle, Editor


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Vol. 2, No. 2   March/ April 1983

Parents Workshop

Growing Up: Some Reflections of a Blind Father

On Driving Nails and Hitting The Mark with Attitudes

Don't Let Worry Get in the Way

We're Satisfied with Our Product

For Fathers (and Others): Some Tips on Alternative Techniques

Adventures in Wonderland: A Report on the NAPVI Parents' Area Meeting

What is the Braille Monitor and Why Should I Read It?

The American Printing House for the Blind and the Quota System

Question and Answer

Literature Review

Experiences of a Music Enthusiast

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Complete Future Reflections

Complete Future Reflections - Zip file (WORD)


It seems that I must begin this message as I begin many of my personal letters to relatives and friends: "I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write, but..." Seriously, we do owe an apology to all our readers for the extreme lateness of this, and our most recent Dec./Jan./Feb. issue. We have really appreciated your patience and good will, and you certainly deserve an explanation.

If you will check the return address on this issue, you will discover one of the reasons for the delay in getting these two issues out to you. Yes, Future Reflections has moved, along with the Cheadle family, to Boise, Idaho! My husband, John, was offered a position as Deputy Director of the Idaho Commission for the Blind early this past winter. We made the decision to accept it just before the Christmas holiday and by late January we were in our new home in Boise.

Although members of the Parental Concerns Committee rallied to help, such a sudden move could not help but put some kinks in our schedule. But, we are now settled in our new home. I believe the major tasks of transferring Future Reflections headquarters, i.e. finding a printer, transferring the subscription list, finding a good typist, etc., are now behind us and we are now able to get back in routine, and on schedule.

We have also had some troubles with our computerized subscription list. Some of you have had to request twice to be put on the mailing list. We apologize and again thank you for your patience. You will be glad to know we have improved our system for handling subscription requests and anticipate good results with it. As you might guess, we now have a new address for Future Reflections. You should send all subscription requests, letters, articles, donations, etc. to:

Future Reflections P.O. Box 1947
Boise, Idaho 83701

I also want to call your attention to a new address for readers wishing to receive Future Reflections on tape. Those of you who have been receiving your issue on tape will recall that Susan Ford has been handling that out of her home in Montana. She will continue to coordinate that effort, but will do so out of her new home in Missouri. To get your tape issue, you should send a C-90 cassette to:

Susan Ford
7219 Lyndover Place
St. Louis, MO. 63143

While we are talking about the tape issue, I would urge parents of teens, or older mature preteens, to get their son or daughter on the tape subscription list. We frequently have articles that would be interesting and beneficial to them. The coming May/June issue should particularly appeal to them.

If this particular issue were to be given a theme, I think it would have to be called, "Especially for Fathers." We always try to address problems that all parents of blind children of all ages experience. However, I have often noted how the appeal of the articles tends to lean heavily toward mothers. This seems to be true of other publications for parents of blind children as well.

So, for this issue I selected several articles written by fathers. We have three articles written by fathers of blind children, an article by a blind father and one by a blind man (married, but not yet a father) describing something of his relationship with his father, I hope you enjoy them and find them useful.