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  1. Just keep swimming: A Paralympic Hopeful

    Blind people can do anything sighted can. Just because I am visually impaired doesn’t mean I can’t be active and participate in sports. I can horseback ride, ski, ice skate, play soccer, ride a bike, and swim. I may need some accommodations but I can still do all these fun things. Being blind to me means that my eyes just don’t work as well, but it doesn’t stop me from being active! My favorite is swimming. I started swimming on a USA Swim team when I was 7. I fell…

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  2. Back To School in a BlindNewWorld

    Another school year is here and parents and teachers alike are looking for school supplies. For visually impaired students, this list can come with a few extra supplies on it. But what kind of supplies do they need? How do these supplies differ from the supplies of a sighted classroom?   Whether you’re a teacher making a more inclusive classroom or a parent sending their child off to school, here are 7 supplies that can assist blind students on their road to knowledge.     1.Braille Readers As you would…

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  3. Why a supportive community is so important for special needs kids

    A couple years ago we took Ivan to his very first parade. The parade route was just a couple blocks away from our house, so the walk there was easy and of course if he hated it, we could make an easy escape too! Ivan was eight years old at the time and even then (as now) everything for him was a balance. As a child who is completely blind with additional physical and cognitive disabilities, we want to expose him to as many experiences as possible, but we don’t…

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  4. Seeing blindness through a mother’s eyes

    I don’t have anyone who is blind in my immediate life. Blindness is not something I typically think about and rarely come across.  The only time I ever see someone who is blind is usually when I’m visiting a major city or walking through an airport.  That’s when I see someone with a cane or a guide dog.   All of that changed when I became friends with a woman who has a son born blind, a handsome 6 foot plus young man now in his sophomore year at college. Her…

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