Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBEQ 66.3 Summer 2021

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 66 Issue 3 part of the project, which will provide the foundation to a qualitative interview process. Introduction I am a first-generation immigrant from Budapest, Hungary. A couple of months after I turned 25, an opportunity provided itself for a visit to California. The visit was planned for six months, but I soon found myself settled with work and relationships. Ultimately, this intended visit led me to abandon my law school admittance and opt to start over on a new continent. Nevertheless, my desire to continue my education never ceased. While I worked full time in special education, I first completed correspondence courses in three fields that led to certifications and helped me understand American standards of education, while growing my knowledge of English. I was unable to transfer my degree from Eastern Europe, therefore I was taking classes to become a preschool teacher at the local community college. When it came time to transfer, I chose elementary school teaching. All the meanwhile working in special education. The serendipitous turning point which led me to the field of visual impairments came in my third year of undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, CA. I needed one more class for my special education minor and I landed in Introduction to Visual Impairments (VI), taught by Tony Fletcher, the director of Enchanted Hills Camp, CA.

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