Posted by Christopher Walker | 10/18/2016 | General
I am a proud member of the National Federation of the Blind.  I am the Outreach Chair for the Winchester Chapter of the NFB of Virginia.  I have had many opportunities to go to local events in the community to educate people and help to make them aware of blindness. Meet the Blind Month provides a great opportunity to do outreach to the Winchester community. Our chapter has participated in various activities around our city. On October 15, 2016 we worked an informational booth where we distributed NFB brochures and discussed the resources that are available in our community.   Read more Getting Out in Our Community for Meet the Blind Month...
Posted by Carlton Walker | 10/12/2016 | Education, Parenting
In preparing for meetings of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team, both parents and educators spend a great deal of time focused upon goals. Understanding the purpose and basis of goals can help all involved achieve this objective. Read more The Goal of Goals in IEPs...
Posted by Mark Riccobono | 10/07/2016 | General
The members of the National Federation of the Blind work on a daily basis to demonstrate that blindness is not the characteristic that defines us or our future. Every day we work to raise expectations for blind people because we experience daily the harmful impacts of low expectations on our lives. Today we can celebrate another important milestone in combating low expectations and educating the public regarding the truth about living with blindness. Read more Progress Through Telling Our Stories: The Truth About Blindness Makes a Difference...
Posted by Melissa Riccobono | 10/04/2016 | Education, Parenting
What is the purpose of your upcoming meeting? What has been going well? What needs to change? These are three questions you should ask yourself before each IEP meeting for your child. It is essential to know what things you want to accomplish and to be able to steer the meeting in the direction you need it to go and avoid being sidetracked by other topics or concerns. I have found the best way to accomplish this is to write things down ahead of time, make sure my points are as clear as possible, and to share my writing with the IEP team. Writing things down helps in the following ways. Read more The Importance of Keeping Written Records for IEP Meetings...
Posted by Mark Riccobono | 09/27/2016 | General
Members and leaders of the National Federation of the Blind from across the nation do a fantastic job of countering low expectations, misconceptions, and stereotypes about blindness.  We believe the #HowEyeSeeIt Blindfold Challenge being promoted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness unnecessarily perpetuates negative perceptions and fears about living with blindness. If you haven't taken action yet, or want to let others know how to counteract this harmful fundraising campaign, here are three quick tips: Read more Don't Participate. Don't Donate. Educate. The National Federation of the Blind and #HowEyeSeeIt...

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