Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eleven-year-old to be charged as an adult

This is the only "civilized" country that does this. Is anyone the same person at 10 that they were at 20? Found out on today's news (3/30) he will be charged as an adult.

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19 Million Nigerians Treated for River Blindness in 12 Years

As part of efforts to check cases of river blindness or onchocerciasis in parts of Nigeria , over 19million Nigerians infected or at the risk of infection by the disease have been availed professional treatment and drugs in the last 12 years to arrest the spread of the tropical disease in the country.
Country Director of the Helen Keller International HKI Dr. Omo Ohiokpehai dropped this hint in Makurdi while on an advocacy visit to Benue State .
According to her, the intervention which has effectively curtailed the spread of onchocerciasis in Nigeria was made possible through a close collaboration between the government of Nigeria , the Helen Keller International, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control APOC and the endemic communities.
She observed that with the facilitating role of HKI, the treatment of the targeted populations doubled from 402,034 in 1998 to 978,819 in 1999 with the intake of Ivermecin which is known for its potency in the treatment of Onchocerciasis.
"There has been a steady increase in the number of people treated in the past eight years with annual figures now reaching over 1.9million people".
Ohiokpehai informed that the goal of the programme which aimed at controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases NTD like river blindness in the country was to establish what she called the Community Direct Treatment with Ivermectin CDTI.
She noted that the collaboration "has ensured annual delivery of Ivermectin tablets to the eligible population infected or at the risk of the infection by the disease".
For the entire article go to:

Computer Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This is for some of you that have asked how my kids (and former kids) access the computer.


Must Have Electronics for the Visually Impaired



Sent to me by Colleen--a former student.

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--- On Thu, 3/25/10, cdupuis

The Resume of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13

Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus


My name is Jesus -The Christ . Many call me Lord! I've sent you
in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set
· I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
· I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
· I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
· I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
· The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through

me, (See Galatians 3:14)
Occupational Background
· I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).
· I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
· My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences
· Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
· I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ).
· Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
Educational Background
· I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
· In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
· My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
· I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
Major Accomplishments
· I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).
· I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ).
· I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ).
· I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
· There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
· Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance
In Summation
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).
Send this resume to everyone you know, you never know who may have an opening! Thanks for your help.

contact lenses loaded with vitamin a may prevent glaucoma


Friday, March 26, 2010

4 ways to keep the brain sharp

4 ways to keep the brain sharp

How and Why to Tell Visually Impaired People About Audio And..Yes, Even Video Content Here on Associated Content

I liked this article because people don't think the blind can appreciate videos.  I always suggest that parents of my students register them for services from the state library.  In addition to books on tape there are decriptive videos of commercial films. A family member of one of my kids was worried for the child's dad because he was looking forward to sharing his Disney collection when his child was born. I suggested they check out the descriptive videos from the state library to see how they liked them, then perhaps they would like to purchase their own copies from WGBH. This article is by Jan Corn from Associated Content.


Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of the Fovea in Retinopathy of Prematurity

Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of the Fovea in Retinopathy of Prematurity

Technology for the Blind from ABC

Somebody try applying for this grant, see if it is valid for next June to December and let us know.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How and When to Offer Assistance to a Blind or Visually Impaired Person

Some Do's and Don'ts for People Who Just Want to Help

Usher Syndrome: A Genetic Disorder that Effects Vision, Hearing and Balance


Living with Someone Who is Visually Impaired

Interesting article about having a visually impaired mate.

Usher's Syndrome

 By lmg on March 23rd, 2010
Facts About Usher Syndrome
Usher syndrome is a genetic condition that effects hearing, sight and balance.

Usher syndrome is an inherited condition in which a child is born deaf
or with hearing loss, and progressively loses their vision due to a
group of hereditary diseases of the retina, known as Retinitis
Pigmentosa, or RP. With RP, the retina degenerates slowly and loses its
ability to send pictures to the brain. For Usher Syndrome to be present,
both conditions must be present and they must be caused by a single
gene. Usher syndrome effects approximately 3 to 6 percent of all deaf
children and it is believed to affect an equal number of children who
are hard of hearing. Usher syndrome, itself, is more than one genetic
condition. It is estimated that 1 in 10,000 adults have Usher syndrome
of one type or another, and approximately 4 out of every 100,000 babies
born have Usher syndrome.
Usher syndrome is an inherited disease. This means that it is passed
from parent to child. In order for a child to be born with Usher
syndrome, both parents must be carriers of the gene. If only one parent
is a carrier, the child will not have the disease, however; if both
parents carry the gene, there is a 25% chance that the child will have
the disease, a 50% chance that the child will be a carrier of the
disease, and a 25% chance that the child will neither have the disease
nor be a carrier.
There are three types of Usher syndrome. Types 1 and 2 are most common
in the United States. It is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of all cases
of Usher syndrome in the United States are either type 1 or type 2.
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who are affected with type 1 Usher syndrome are deaf at birth and have
severe problems with balance. These children experience little to no
benefit from the use of hearing aids. Night blindness is present in
infancy or early childhood. By late childhood or early teens, blind
spots in the person's vision begin to appear. By early adulthood, the
person is legally blind. Children with type 1 Usher syndrome are
generally slow to sit without support and rarely walk independently
before the age of 18 months.
Those who are affected with type 2 Usher syndrome are born with moderate
to severe hearing loss and normal balance. Night blindness begins in
late childhood or early teenage years. By late teenage or early
adulthood years, blind spots begin to appear in the person's vision. The
person becomes legally blind in early to mid adulthood years. Children
affected with type 2 Usher syndrome generally benefit from the use of
hearing aids and have the ability to communicate orally. Vision problems
progress more slowly than in type 1 Usher syndrome and the onset of
Retinitis Pigmentosa is often not apparent until teenage years.
Those affected with type 3 Usher syndrome are born with normal hearing
at birth. They progressively lose their hearing in their childhood or
early teenage years. Hearing loss, once it begins, tends to progress
rapidly, over a 10 to 15 year period, until hearing loss is profound.
Balance problems vary in severity, but often progresses with age. The
rate at which hearing and vision are lost varies from person to person,
even within families where more than one person is affected. Night
blindness normally begins during puberty. By the late teen to early
adulthood age, blind spots begin to appear in the person's vision. By
mid-adulthood years, the person may become legally blind.
Usher syndrome effects hearing, vision and balance. Because of this,
diagnosis of the disorder includes testing of all three. Visual field
tests to determine the person's peripheral vision, an ERG, or
electroretinogram is performed to measure the electrical responses of
the light-sensitive cells within the eye, and an examination of the
retina and other parts in the back of the eye to determine any
abnormalities are all tests done to hearing test is performed to determine how loud sounds need to be in a
specific frequency before the person hears them. This helps to monitor
and determine any hearing loss. To test the person's balance, an ENG, or
electronystagmogram is performed to measure any involuntary eye
There is currently no cure for Usher syndrome. Early detection is best
for helping those affected learn how to cope with this disorder. There
are many educational programs available to help. Typical treatment will
include hearing aids, cochlear implants, assisted listening devices
and/or other communication methods, including the teaching of sign
language. Other services are available to help teach the affected person
how to communicate with others to the best of their ability, retain
mobility, live as independently as possible, read by using Braille, as
well as other low-vision services and auditory training.
Some ophthalmologists believe that a high dose of Vitamin A palmitate
may slow the progression of vision loss due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Because of this, some ophthalmologists will recommend a daily supplement
of Vitamin A palmitate at the dosage of 15,000 IU daily. Those who use
this form of treatment should be careful not to exceed the daily dose.
It is important to note that this treatment is not recommended for those
with type 1 Usher syndrome. Some guidelines are in place for those who
use this type of treatment. These guidelines include not substituting
Vitamin A palmitate with a beta-carotene supplement, not taking more
than the recommended dosage, women who are using this treatment should
stop treatment three months before trying to conceive a child due to the
increased risk of birth defects, and women who are pregnant should stop
this treatment due to the risk of birth defects. In addition to these
guidelines, a person using this treatment should not consume more than
400 IU of Vitamin E each day.
Usher disease, although not fatal, can be very debilitating for those
who are affected. Early diagnosis along with education and training can
help those individuals live a more productive and independent life. The
sooner the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. If you
suspect that your child may be affected by Usher syndrome, the best
thing you can do is seek a medical opinion.
Sources for this article include:

Monday, March 22, 2010

And The Illustrator Is...

I illustrated this text book back in my college days.
I found a copy at Amazon since I long since lost my original copy.

Arnall Patz 1920-2010 « Scientific Clearing House

"The disease he cured is what caused Stevie Wonder to lose his vision and although Patz’s discovery was not in time to save Stevie’s eyesight it did benefit the lives of many children after him."
--Carson Chow, Scientific Clearing House

For the article about Arnall Patz CLICK HERE

Obama's Health Reform Bill Passes House Of Representatives

YAY! HOORAY!!!! This article is from The Sydney Morning Herald. Click the link for the rest of the article and a video. Now on to the Senate!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Teen with impaired vision invited to environmental summit

article on albinism
Local teen invited to environmental summit
MOHAVE VALLEY — Cory Larkin doesn't let adversity stand in his way.
Larkin, 18, suffers from albinism and impaired vision. He also has been selected to participate in an elite program in Washington, D.C., this summer.
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A dailymail.co.uk article from Kathy

Makes you wanna go, "Hmmmm."

Could a £260 gene test really save your life?

From Alzheimer's to cancer, DNA testing firms claim to foretell your future health. So what happened when a gene expert had himself analysed.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Read a NewsRx news article on Retinopathy Of Prematurity Risk Factors

Article on Retinopathy Of Prematurity Risk Factors
New retinopathy of prematurity risk factors study results from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Department of Neonatology described

A Legacy For and Beyond Batten Disease - Bio-IT World

Batten's disease is a horrible thing to watch your children go through. I have had at least five students with this conditon that I know of. It may have been fortunate that a couple of them had the infantile type and that they were severely cognitvely impaired from birth and not aware of their condition. However, three of them had the later onset juvenile type of Batten's and were aware of the differences in their abilities and health as the disease progressed. I did not want to know until years later when they had passed. Those same three were included among the "Faces of Batten's" on the national foundation web site.

Click the link to read this article

Monday, March 15, 2010

HB No. 195--Rep. Mills

We go in as Kairos Prison Ministry and see the guys at Angola who are proven rehabilitated, yet the cards are stacked through this parole system to where those will never get out. Remember how tough it was for us to get Brother Wilbert Rideau out although he was a far different person when he was convicted at 19 years old than he was in his forties? There are many brothers who had just one nonviolent offense who have crazy sentences, are model inmates who could be productive, tax paying citizens. Besides that, here in Louisiana, a member of the parole board doesn't have to be a professional in this area either--but that's another issue. Bottom line: Support this bill!

HB No. 195--Rep. Mills

Abstract: Changes the number of votes required to grant parole to offenders convicted of certain offenses under specified conditions.

Present law provides for the Parole Board, the process for granting parole, and parole eligibility.
Present law provides that the board shall meet in a minimum of three-member panels at the adult correctional institutions on regular scheduled dates, not less than every three months.

Three votes of a three-member panel shall be required to grant parole, or, if the number exceeds a three-member panel, a unanimous vote of those present shall be required to grant parole.

Proposed law provides that the parole board may grant parole with two votes of a three member panel, or, if the number exceeds a three-member panel, a majority vote of those present if all of the following conditions are met:
  1. The offender has not been convicted of a crime of violence or a sex offense.
  2. The offender has not committed and disciplinary offense in the 12 consecutive months prior to the parole eligibility date.
  3. The offender has completed the mandatory minimum of 100 hours of pre-release programming.
  4. The offender has completed substance abuse treatment as applicable.
  5. The offender has obtained a GED, unless the offender has previously obtained a high school diploma or is deemed by a certified educator as being incapable of obtaining a GED due to a learning disability. If the offender is deemed capable pf obtaining a GED, the offender must complete at least one of the following: a literacy program, an adult basic education program, or a job skills training program.
  6. the offender has obtained a low-rosk level designation determined by a validated risk assessment instrument approved by the secretary of DPS&C.
Proposed law further provides that offenders who are participating in a work release program at the time of their parole eligibility date and who otherwise meet the board's release criteria, shall be granted parole upon successfully participating in the program for a minimum of six months.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Winnie Mandela...

...you're sounding like sour grapes, gurlfran. This is not an attractive look, sista. Move on.

Friday, March 5, 2010

It's a Shame

One of my babies is in trouble today. He didn't do what and adult advised. He's not supposed to treat his cane like a toy and he thought it would be fun to spin around and around in the cafeteria after a strong warning not to. He thought it would be cool to stick it out there when another kid walked by and to tap out a dance rhythm, then take the cane and run down the hall with it.

I've warned him and told his child specific para that if he treated his cane like a baby does then he has to walk like a baby without a cane and hold onto her and have timeout wherever she thinks appropriate. So when I arrived back at the school this afternoon, I could hear him jabbering in the boys' room. He was ticked off and was trying to change the subject when he heard her telling me of his antics during the day.

"Why, I am so disappointed.I know you know better," I said. "What's up with that baby behavior? Just felt like being goofy because it's Friday?"

"Yep!" he giggled. This is my toy tester who then requested that he go play with some toys in my room.

"I don't think so brother! I'm not smiling and I am not rewarding you for being a mess with Ms. Jesse!" I scolded. "I've told you several times, your cane is not a toy. I will not defend you when you do wrong with Ms. Jesse. And guess what? The principal is on to you, too. If have to be punished like any other kid at this school, you will! No excuses for someone who is old enough to know better! The rule is NO ONE RUNS IN THE HALLS!"

Love him to death, we do. In doing so we have to expect more when we know he can do more and set boundaries. That's life. That's learning. That's loving them--whether they have vision or not.