Hello E, That sounds like what was in place in the Royal Oak school system in Michigan. WE started going to regular classes on about a 50 50 basis in the fourth grade. Music, science and social studies. IN the 7th grade I had a assistant that helped with tests and other special needs that came in a couple of times a week. I did go to a local high school which looking back did make a big difference over the years. I do have to give my parents credit though. Someone from the gDSB told them to treat me like the rest of the kids and they believed it. I lost my sight in the second grade so as I got older and friends from school would stay over I remember my mom telling me... They seem so blind compared to you. I really can't remember a time when they held me back from doing something. When I was 16 and wanted to get a summer job at the pickle factory near the cottage my Mom even applied for a job with me to make it work. We never did get me in but that was the attitude they had. Oh Yeah, I got the belt when I messed up too just like the rest of the kids:) Katie Hill The Reconnection & reiki Healing Get yur personalized numerology chart Kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of E. Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 1:16 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Mainstreaming I participated in what I consider a good mix. I went to classes with sighted kids most of the time but had a class a day where the blind kids were all in one room learning braille, working on spelling and particular things useful and different in teaching for blind compared with sighted children. This was in grades one through four. I went to regular main streamed high school and had a teacher come in one hour a day to help out. The combination gave me the assistance I needed, taught me to be independent and find needed resources (like how to hire readers for college and get books) and be mainstreamed. I know my parents worked closely with the school system to make this possible. Considering we moved about ever two or three years this meant several school systems. They did a terrific job. I attribute much of my later success to this careful early planning and dedication on their part. E. 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. 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.