Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 59(5)

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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American Journeys: Lived Experiences in Deafblind Education Mussie Gebre, mgebre@dbcitizens.org Eduardo Madera, eduardomadera@gmail.com Jamie Taylor, 2JamieTaylor@gmail.com Deafblind Citizens in Action Image: Mussie Gebre, George Stern, Eduardo Madera, & Jamie Taylor (all representatives of DBCA) meet with Karen Peltz Strauss, Rosaline Crawford and Greg Hilbok from the Federal Communications Commission in July, 2014. The following are stories written by three members of DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA), who recently met with several federal agencies in Washington, D.C., including the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), with whom they shared their stories journeying throughout the educational system. In the first section, Jamie Taylor tells us her story. In the second, Eduardo Madera offers us a window into his school years. In the third and final section, Mussie Gebre reflects on his experience with the public school system. These individuals are all deafblind. DBCA is a newly created 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering deafblind people to live independent and productive lives. 13

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