You have probably heard by now that a solar eclipse is coming up on August 21. I won't be able to view it from here, and I'm not able to travel to see it, so I will miss out.
If you are lucky enough to view it, stay safe!
You can permanently damage your eyes if you don't follow safety rules. Yes, even from the brief time the eclipse is in progress! So here is a link to an article with those important guidelines.
Eye Doctor shares safety tips for eclipse viewing. (Turnto23.com)
Protect your eyes!
Children with significant vision loss need a few extra skills that their sighted peers don't need. Let's think about some of these things.
In addition to learning these skills, children with vision loss need other professionals to do additional tasks. These may include:
We will learn more about these occupations this month!
On Fridays we focus on inspiring people living with visual impairments.
I think there is enough bad news in the world today, so we'll focus on positive stories.
For students with visual impairments, the ages between six and 21 are spent on learning to read and write braille, as well as the usual school subjects. It's very important to develop fluency in reading and writing, for all students. Braille is just as important as print literacy.
In addition to braille and the other school subjects, students and their parents need to think carefully about the next step. College and employment are the goals for most families.
Unfortunately for my family, our son, Tyler, was not able to make progress at this stage of his education. His medical needs became overwhelming, and he was not able to attend school very much over the last year or so of his life.
So I rely on other people to give me information about this stage of education. The FamilyConnect.org website again is a wealth of information.
After age three, the process of education children with special needs changes a bit. Instead of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), children start using an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This program is designed to set goals for the child so that everyone can work together to meet them.
In addition to the new type of plan, this is usually the point that the local school district manages the child's education. You will probably have a new set of people to work with, and a new location to get acquainted with.
I remember how terrified I was to start this process. I was very worried that my son wouldn't get the services he needed. I did a lot of research, and unfortunately, it confirmed my fears. But when Tyler began his services there, he did very well.
There are a lot of good resources for parents at this point in the process. Some of the resources are for families who have had a very difficult time getting good services for their children. My advice is to go in with an open mind, and try to find the good in the situation. If problems arise, then seek the solution.
I am going to share the FamilyConnect.org resource again for this age group. I think their site is fantastic, and they can give much more in-depth and specific information than I have here.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.