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My son is 11 years old and a braille reader. I would finally like to learn braille and wonder if you know of any classes in the Boston area. I believe there are some on line classes but I would prefer a classroom setting. Thank you, Leslie






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So your child is learning braille in school, and you don’t know the first thing about it. How can you help them with reading or doing homework if you can’t read what they’re reading?

Check out this nifty YouTube video on learning braille geared to parents. It takes things step by step, making it easy to begin to understand the system of dots that will open up the world for your child.

The fact that it’s only eight minutes long means you can fit it in the small spaces of free time you may have. Time well spent.

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So you’ve spent a lot of time looking for books to read to your child with visual impairment – this is a completely different kind of book. This book illustrates for sighted people what it means to be blind.

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help and support

Anyone who is a parent knows that the best resource for information on parenting is other parents. So it makes sense that the Bookshare program should offer a way for parents of children who use Bookshare to connect and share ideas.

For those who aren’t familiar with Bookshare, it’s a free program that makes printed material available to anyone who has difficulty with or is unable to read print. So anyone with a visual impairment qualifies.

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Looking for a durable, kid proof, dropable, easy to use MP3 player for a 13 year old with multiple disabilities.






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One of the great joys of having children is introducing them to stories, especially ones that you know and love. There’s nothing like seeing them pick up a book and become mesmerized by the pictures, and to experience being drawn into another world. But if your child, or you, have a visual impairment, many of those stories may be out of reach.

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This school comes under the umbrella of Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind (I.E.S.D.B.). I.E.S.D.B. has served Idaho since 1906. They provide supplemental educational services, early intervention/education, consultation and transition support to families and local school districts throughout the state. In addition to their campus-based school, they provide Educational Specialists through their seven regional educational centers.

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The SAMi is a new device that lets parents monitor children with sleep issues while not having to be right in the room themselves. It’s an infrared device that is placed in the child’s bedroom and connected wirelessly to an iOS device, such as an iPod or iPhone. As the child sleeps, the SAMi records sounds and movements and sounds an alarm when unusual movement is detected. This lets the parent sleep knowing they will be alerted if and when they need to react to their child’s situation.

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Where will your kindergartner be in 12 years? Will they be prepared with the life skills they need to succeed?

Perkins eLearning and Paths to Common Core want to see this generation of kindergartners who are blind or multiply disabled be as ready as they can be when they transition to adulthood.

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