Division on Visual Impairments


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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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 5 Paloma: Anyone can make a difference. It is easier and better, though, with help. As one of my idols Helen Keller once said "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Question: Elizabeth, what advice would you give to other parents and family members who are supporting their members on a life journey? Elizabeth: There is an information gap between doctors, educators and direct support service providers. Parents and families should advocate for their children and teach their children to advocate for themselves while sharing their knowledge with other families to bridge the information gap. Question: What encouragement would you give them in helping their children or members become community leaders and positive voices for change? Elizabeth: It is critical to teach children that, in this country, anyone can be a leader or catalyst of change. We should encourage children to have a voice in their futures by taking leadership roles now, whether in student council, scouts or sports and later in government so that they can be the changes they deserve. Question: Paloma, you told us at the CEC Convention in St. Louis, MO that you intended to become a Senator and eventually President of the United States one day. That gives us both excitement and hope about what our students can be! Any thoughts on what we can do as a community of educators to bring out the best in our students everyday? Paloma: Not everybody learns the same way. Some students need to work differently so teachers should do hands-on projects and assignments, go on field trips to explore the outdoors and be creative indoors to find what is best. Thank you both for your leadership and contributions! We look forward to staying in touch with you and seeing the work that your hands bring to life! Paloma and Elizabeth: Thank you! 16

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