[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: heavy books

Dear Shelley, and Everyone Along This Strand,

Shelley, re the average age for learning braille, I agree with you that it's equivalent to the age children learn to read print, taking their individual rate of development yadah yadah in to account.

For the record, my brother and I had bilateral, congenital cataracts as did our mother. Our father had no vision problems. With our risk factor of passing cataracts to our children, both of us opted not to have kids, a decision I now regret. You said it all, Shelly. It's a lot to think about.

With my achievements and failures and my past and current struggles, I'm glad my parents took the risk to have me even after my brother was born first, with very little vision. I came along totally blind until 7 surgeries gave me a little vision in one eye when I was three and a half. I have had, and still have rough times, but there's all of the beauty, the people, the music, books, animals, colors, variety, endless things to observe, feel, and ponder...I'm grateful to have been born.

Always With Love,

Lissi

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kids that learn Braille usually start at the same time that other kiddos are
learning Print. Because, they are learning to read just as the other kiddos
are.


Smile.

Indeed some disorders can be hereditary. Mine is. I have Retinitis
Pigmentosa, and we don't know which form it is. The only major concern for
the family right now, is to watch my brothers and make sure they get regular
eye check ups, and of course if I get married and plan to have kiddos of my
own, I need to be tested and so will my husband to see if he is a carrier of
the genetic traits for RP. If he does, then we might have up to a 75
percent chance of having a child with RP, and will have an almost 100%
chance of a kid who is a "carrier".


It is pretty likely that both my brothers are carriers of the trait too.
But so far they don't appear to have it.

Course RP usually shows up in your forties, so perhaps.

If it is recessive, then it could have easily passed to them too.

Things to think about.



Shelley L. Rhodes and Judson, guiding golden
juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Advisory Council
www.guidedogs.com

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to
stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.

     -- Vance Havner
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From: "Gail The U. S. Male" <gail1959@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 8:35 PM
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Cindy, indeed, some forms of blindness are hereditary. Most totally blind
kids start learning Braille in either Kindergarten or first grade. The child
could be taught at a younger age, I suppose, but most kids aren't.


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Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 6:16 PM
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That's a cute story, Kasondra. How old does a child have to be before he can start learning to read in Braille? Are you and/or your husband bind? Are some forms of blindness hereditary? Forgive me if I'm being too personal.

Cindy

--- Kasondra Payne <Kassyp36@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Cindy,

I just walked in my bedroom to answer the phone, and
I found my two-year-old
son, Andrew on the floor, trying to read a Harry
Potter book.  My husband
always keeps one on his side of the bed, and Andrew
just took off the cover,
opened the book, and started turning pages.  It was
so cute that I just
thought I should share it with all you guys.  Andrew
will read Braille
someday because he is blind, but at least he shows a
healthy interest in
books now.  Yes, that particular book is very heavy,
but it was already on
the floor, so Andrew could move it easier

Kasondra Payne

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