[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Mainstreaming

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
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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.  

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