Dr. van Dijk

Many people from around the world have been moved while watching Dr. van Dijk interact with some of our most challenging children. His gentle nature and his wonderful smile will be missed by the blindness community, both the instructors and the students. Rest in peace, Dr. van Dijk.

Dr. van Dijk book: Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment For understanding children and youth with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities

Video of Dr. van Dijk: video



An Introduction to Braille Mathematics (The Yellow Book)

If you took a Nemeth course in college or utilized the “Yellow Book” to learn Nemeth you will be please to know that is has now been archived and is available as a digital file. I thank a college student taking my Nemeth course this spring for alerting me to this awesome free resource.

An Introduction to Braille Mathematics

The “Green Book” is also available digitally.

OSEP Letter

OSEP Letter about Visual Impairments

On November 12, 2014, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued a response to an inquiry for policy clarification addressing whether a State educational agency (SEA) and/or local educational agency (LEA) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness,” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).1 Since that time, OSEP has received a request for written guidance to assist SEAs in supporting their LEAs in reaching appropriate eligibility determinations for children with this disability. The purpose of this memorandum is to ensure broad dissemination of the key points made in our November 12, 2014 letter, provide the additional guidance requested on this important issue, and share information about outside resources that may be helpful as you examine your State’s procedures related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness.

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Read an excellent first-hand experience with diabetic retinopathy.  Leonie Watson’s experience losing her sight is one you won’t forget. Share it with others who might chose to ignore their diabetes.

Leonie Watson’s Blog

Jewelry in Braille

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Whenever I get a chance to get braille jewelry I do. It can be so challenging to find and at a price I can afford. Kelly Fehr has done both! Her jewelry at Jewelry in Braille is amazing, both in quality and individuality. I was lucky enough to visit her booth at the Florida AER conference at the beginning of the month. I have been happily wearing her jewelry almost every day. I love that she also sells online so my student and friend holiday shopping will be so easy this year!

My favorite piece is the silver diffuser necklace. With so many colored pad choices, it goes with any outfit. I love that I can place scents in and enjoy them all day, so calming! My second favorite is the stainless steel alphabet bracelet — this thing is built to last and so pretty at the same time.

Check out her amazing work on her website and Facebook page.

Jewelry in Braille Website

Jewelry in Braille Facebook

Parents Seeking Parents

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Children with visual impairments are a low incidence population. That being said, parents of these children are also a low incidence group. Here are some national places to look for support.

National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Family Connect

Schools for the Blind in America

Perkins School for the Blind Parent Page

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children