Future Reflections

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.

Volume 28 Number 3                                          Fall 2009

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor


A young boy runs a cross country race.


Copyright © 2009 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

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Volume 28 Number 3                                         Fall 2009



NFB Youth Slam: What I Wish I Had Learned As a Teen
by Mary Jo Hartle


A New Way to Set Up a Program for Deaf-Blind Students
by Dr. Denise M. Robinson

My Child Goes to Boarding School
by Tammy Raulerson

A PSAT Story: The Test Was the Easy Part
by Barbara Mathews


Kendra's Story
by Richard A. Holloway

Are We There Yet?
by Beth Sturman


Tapping the Creativity of Blind and Visually Impaired Students
by Chris Kuell

Arts, Culture, and Blindness: A Study of Blind Students in the Visual Arts
Reviewed by Ann Cunningham


Swimming with a Blind or Visually Impaired Child
by Mary McDonach

Building Leadership through Scouting
by Lenora J. Marten

Study Abroad: More Than Learning about Another Culture
by Corbb O'Connor


"You Gotta Know the Rules If You're Gonna Play the Game"
by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

An Effective Complement: Advocacy and Forgiveness
by Joan Guthrie Medlen


Cell Phone Accessibility for Your Blind Child
by Wesley Majerus


Walking the Walk: Learning through the National Center for Mentoring Excellence
by Treva Olivero

A Life in the STEP Program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind
by Emily Weidner


Touch, Pick Up, and Tinker

Christmas Shopping for My Family
by Ana Gschwend



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