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Jul 10

Comparsions

I want to share with you a one-pager I read today that came via email. It is titled Comparison: The Thief of Joy. If you go to the www.disabilityisnatural.com E-Newsletter by Kathie Snow, you will be able to read her powerful comments warning us all to avoid comparisons with "the norm" that often result in our being considered "less than". I am reminded, from my experience, of the number of times that young students with deaf-blindness are "compared" to their seeing/hearing peers. Please remember the quote that Kathie used in her one-pager from Albert Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid". Comments?

Jan 1

Family Weekend Excitement

I spent some time following the Facebook posts and photos for the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project Family Weekend held this past weekend at Bradford Woods near Martinsville. I loved seeing the pictures of the families and especially the pictures of children climbing on the nets, zip-lining, and participating in craft activities. Everyone looked like they were having a great time. And, isn't it wonderful that children can have the opportunity to spend time at an accessible site and participate in all of the great activities planned for them? Yahoo to the Project for all of their hard work in making the weekend a great experience. I even understand there was a scavenger hunt. I'll check with Lisa later this week about more stories. While I was never much of a camper (the Holiday Inn is my preference for an "away from home" adventure) at previous Bradford Woods family learning weekends, I do know what a fun experience it is for families and basically, at no expense to them. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success. Comments from any attendees would be welcome.

Nov 9

College Students want information about deaf-blindness

A good friend of mine who teaches at a university in North Carolina and I were talking on the phone yesterday. She teaches students to be speech therapists. Anyway, she shared with me that her students have been asking about resources for students who are deaf-blind. I am so impressed. For years while I was working I was always concerned that young professionals were not getting the information they needed about students with deaf-blindness who frequently have communication issues. So, it's refreshing to know that there are requests for information and professors willing to share/research appropriate resources. I think there are so few children/youth with deaf-blindness that it's primarily a "need to know" request. That certainly speaks to our state deaf-blind projects to be ready to provide this information for those young professionals. Any thoughts?

Feb 9

Diploma Considerations for Students

Just this morning I saw a great resource and I want to share it with everyone. Every Tuesday during the school year, the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center publishes Tuesday's Tips. Today's "Tip" is introducing a new resource for families and teachers titled, Indiana Diploma Decisions. The guide provides information on the types of diplomas available in Indiana, each diplomas' requirements as well as helpful hints for the IEP team to use in making decisions. If you don't subscribe to Tuesday's Tips, you can go to the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center and go to Search Our Transition Resources.  I really like this resource and probably will use it for an upcoming Transition Brief.  Okay, now I'm off to the backyard to do a "rain dance". In southwest Indiana, we really need some rain and I'm tired of watering flowers every day (Sigh!) 

Jan 1

Great Website

Hi Everyone,

So happy to have an opportunity to begin sharing some thoughts and information about deaf-blindness. Please feel free to ask questions, offer ideas and generally share with me and others who may read this blog. It will be fun to reconnect a bit and meet new folks. I must say I had not visited the IN Deaf-Blind Services website for awhile. I really like the new look and all of the information the website provides. I hope you'll take an opportunity to explore all the resources that are available. Let me know what you think, OK? More later. . .