Friday, April 11, 2014

BBC News - A watch for blind people (with Thanks to Eric Guillory)

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From: Eric Guillory To: Eric Guillory &Sent: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:20 AMSubject: BBC News - A watch for blind 


I've seen one of these timepieces and really like it. I plan to make it my Christmas/birthday present this year. There was a time when I used to wear a talking or glowing watch, but, as is true for using one's cell phone to check the time, these devices are not always practical. And, as much of a champion as I am of Braille literacy (I use Braille every day), the Braille watch just hasn't worked out well for me, as I am apparently too bombastic when checking the time and can accidentally move the hands. It is not inexpensive, but that is the case for any fashionable watch. I'm passing this along as an FYI for you/your students.
Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services
Louisiana Center for the Blind
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Ruston, LA 71270
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American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia.
Center for Applied Special Technology
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Learning Disabilities Association of America
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The National Federation of the Blind is a resource for the blind by the blind. The organization promotes education, independence, group and self advocacy. To subscribe to their publication THE BRAILLE MONITOR visit the web address at or write:


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Could It Be Dyslexia?; Disability Versus Difference

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Dear Kathy,

What does it mean if your child has trouble finding or saying the right word? Get the answer in this week's Three Things to Know, along with five essential skills for reading and one parent's take on disability versus difference.

Word Finding Word Retrieval Problems Trouble Finding the Right Word
"Can you pass me that… whatchamacallit?" Most of us have trouble now and then with finding the right word, a process called word retrieval. But children who experience this frequently can struggle in school and have anxiety. Find out how you can help.

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5 Essential Skills for Reading Comprehension Skills for Reading Comprehension
If your child struggles with reading, you want to know why. To help you, we put together this list of five essential skills needed for reading comprehension. Use the list to zero in on the challenges your child faces.

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What's the Right Term: Disorder, Disability or Difference? Disorder, Disability or Difference?
Parents are often bombarded with terms for how to describe their children's challenges. It is a "disorder" or a "disability"? What about a "learning difference"? A parent contributor shares her perspective on how the right word can often depend on context.

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I hope these three things help. Thanks for reading.

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