Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 64.4 Fall 2019

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 64 Issue 4 64 interviews were audio recorded and then transcribed word for word for thematic analysis. A thematic analysis (Riessman, 2008) of the data was conducted to explore and define the shared experiences of these mothers. Each transcript was examined to discover common or shared themes. Common themes did emerge even with individual experiences and perspectives of each mother. They included: (a) feelings of acceptance and belonging, (b) building of confidence through role models, and (c) overall resiliency and family well-being through connections with other parents. However, another method of data representation to truly exemplify the feelings and experiences of these mothers was needed. The lived experiences of these mothers raising their child and the comfort they felt when connected or supported by others in their situation seemed just too powerful to limit its expression within a scholarly paper. The research project itself uncovered empirically the power and impact of parent-to- parent social support, specifically the actual words and phrases that these mothers expressed, that a way to represent it authentically was needed. Poetry, as an alternative form of data representation and the emotional impact of the collected results, was utilized.

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