Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(4)

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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Making the switch to UEB: Perspective from an Incoming TVI By Kaitlyn Piekarski kpiek971@live.kutztown.edu For four months I spent 90% of my time trying to make sense of the series of dots presented in front of me. These "series of dots" just so happened to be the English Braille Code. After much time, a lot of studying and a few shed tears, I finally considered myself to be fluent in this code. I felt very accomplished and incredibly excited to know that my journey to becoming a TVI had officially started. Little did I know, braille as I knew it was about to make quite the change. Last August (2014) I began my road to becoming a TVI. The first of my many classes was called "Reading and Writing Literary Braille." In my Braille class, our focus was learning English Braille. This was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken in my life, and possibly one of the hardest classes I ever will take in my future. Through pure excitement of learning, I quickly began to practice the braille alphabet over and over again until I felt that I could type it in a satisfactory manner. Upon learning the alphabet, I began to 37

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