Thanks for your comments, Ann. So where there's a mixed group of children looking at something--I seem to remember a bus for some reason in one of the earlier children's books I did--may Pickles for Pittsburgh of some such-in addition to stating the ethnicity of the non-Caucasians, I suppose I must also describe the ethnicity of the Caucasians. BTW, what's Politically Correct these days? I was saying African-American but now my most PC daughter says it's o.k. to say Black. My Black friends and colleagues never did like the term African-American; we're Americans, they said. Of course, they, like I, are older, and grew up when Negro was the preferred term--but they prefer Black to African- or Afro-American. I prefer not to describe people, when talking about someone, by ethnicity but by other physical characteristics or personality traits, but sometimes it is necessary. smile I wonder if that's a characteristic of people my age. Dan, is it you who are about my age and who was a child in the 40's? I remember one of you men is, but I'm not sure of the name. G. Cindy --- Ann Parsons <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Hi all, > > Grandma, I think you're doing just fine. For > children and adults who > are blind, and especially for those of us who were > born blind, > descriptions of pictures should be as detailed as > you want to make > them. Use color. This is a good learning > experience for kids because > they have to know about color. They have to be able > to understand the > meaning, the intellectual meaning of blue or purple > or yellow. they > also need to understand, in simple terms about > perspective, that things > look smaller if they are farther away, much as a > sound is fainter if it > is far away. They need to understand the difference > between background > and foreground too. Like a person may be the main > feature of a > picture, but that person is standing on a beach, > back to the ocean, and so on. > > As for not mentioning the ethnicity of the children > in the pictures, > Grandma, that's like saying you won't tell a kid > that there's a brown > or a black or a pokadotted dog in a picture. A > sighted kid is going to > see an Afro-American kid and is going to recognize > the ethnicity. He > is going to see a blond girl with blue eyes, or a > Chinese boy with > almond shaped eyes and the slant that they have. > Sighted kids see this > and they are taught to recognize what they see. It > is part of the > identification process. Think you may be confusing > description with > value judgments. You can say, I see three > Afro-American people walking > up the street. There is a mother, a father and a > little girl in a > bright pink dress. That places no value judgment on > what you see at > all, it's just description. If, on the other hand > you added an > evaluation to the description, e.g. that blond man > looks nice. That > dark man looks bad. Then, you'd have a problem. > Data is data. What > the human mind does with that data is its problem. > > <smiling> Now, if you're blind and you don't have a > describer handy, > you can really get yourself into trouble. Here's a > graphic example. > Our Secretary of State is Condoleezza Rice. Well, I > heard the name, I > must have read it in the online newspapers, but I > invisioned a tall, > Scandinavian looking person with long blond hair and > so on. I only > found out a couple of years ago that Condoleezza > Rice is Afro-American. > I was totally blown away! I mean, I was completely > surprised. So, if > you think that alerting kids to what ethnicity the > children in the > pictures are doesn't matter, it does. So, just > describe. Don't > evaluate, just describe. You'll do just fine! > > Ann P. > > -- > Ann K. Parsons > Portal Tutoring > EMAIL: akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx > http://www.portaltutoring.info > "All that is gold does not glitter, > Not all those who wander are lost." > > Email services provided by the System Access Mobile > Network. Visit > www.serotek.com to learn more about accessibility > anywhere. > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the > word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.