Braille Fail: They Were So Close!

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Such a big sign, with lots of words with contractions. I really thought I would find more errors after there being an error in the first word. Wish it weren’t in the first word – sets the tone for lack of caring right away for those who can read braille. It was repeated in all the signs like this I saw in the airport. If you travel to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. you can see the sign for yourself.

The sign: “METRROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ARTICLES LOST OR STOLEN FROM THESE PREMISES. STORE ITEMS AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

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Color Blindness Demonstration

Some colorful hats.

As seen by a person with deuteranopia.

As seen by a person with protanopia, another form of red/green deficit.
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Here is a great webpage which allows others to experience color blindness. It also has a test engine for people to use to test their webpages for color items that might have issues for people with color blindness.

Link: http://www.vischeck.com/

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Check out this great list of games that can be used to teach Orientation and Mobility. One of the examples I can remember making with hard wire and wood to make a North/South/East/West grid. I brailled directions from the center (four different textures) to the outside corners (matching texture to the center). It was a labor of love which survived several moves before falling apart.

Link: http://www.pdrib.com/pages/omgames.php

B. Symphony in B. Orchestra

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Look for a present for under the tree? Here is one which is available through Target. The musical sounds come from items shaped like instruments. It is a great exploration toy which also gives a child the opportunity for creativity.

Review of the toy here: http://www.mybtoys.com/toys/lively/symphony-b/

Target purchase here: http://www.target.com/p/b-symphony-in-b-orchestra/-/A-13832024#item-guestreviews-link

Visual Impairment Department – Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education has many links to resources for visual impairments on their disability specific page. While it contains many things Colorado specific, like information for their state braille exam and Colorado caseload guidelines, it also has sample goals and objectives, UEB resources, and literacy fact sheets that are helpful in any state.

Link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/SD-Vision_GuideDocs.asp

Opening Lunch Items

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We continue to work on adapted daily living skills but it can be hard to work these into the school day. Here are some great examples of ways to work on opening lunch items during other times of the day and transferring the knowledge during lunch.

Link: http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/child-development-quick-tip-whats-lunchbox/#_a5y_p=1768651