HI Lora, It sounds like you had similar experiences as I did. I did start learning to use a cane shortly after going back to school. One of the things we did pretty early on was to learn the route to school and back. By the time I was in junior high I was walking to school. As far as attending regular things with the rest of the kids. I was the first blind student that went to sixth grade camp. That was because of one of the teachers that said she would take me in her cabin and activity groups. Either my Mom or the one neighbor lady did Brownies and girl scouts. So when all was said and done I grew up with a pretty normal childhood with a big thanks to my Mom who's acceptance of everyone really shown through when it came to me. She was always the one who held the family together. Katie Hill The Reconnection & reiki Healing Get yur personalized numerology chart Kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx AIM SStarangel@xxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lorana Chanicut Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 7:42 AM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Mainstreaming I hope you'll forgive me for jumping in here. In school, I had a Blindskills class for about an hour a day in elementary school, but the rest of my time was spent in the regular classroom as well. Starting in fourth grade, I joined an after school cooking class with other blind students, where we went to one another's houses, and learned to prepare various meals. Starting in junior high school, I never went to the blindskills class, and just took a regular series of classes. We did have a full-time Braille transcribe for the district, and every assignment, every textbook that I ever worked with where in Braille. And we had a fully staffed resource room, where a teacher worked full-time with blind students, different students each period, to make certain that they acquired the skills that they needed. One thing I liked about our resource teachers was that, for the most part, they were blind (I can think of two exceptions to this). They were excellent role models, and thus I knew that blind people could do important things, like teach, from a very young age. Throughout school, I went on field trips with my classmates, and no one ever said I shouldn't. I went hiking, camping, roller skating, to amusement parks and so on. Everyone assumed that this was normal. Yet nowadays I hear about blind students in public schools who are prevented from attending these important social events because the school system is afraid they will get hurt. This is a shame, and I hope, when I hear these stories, that a more acceptable resolution is found, because I believe that these social events were also necessary for turning out well-adjusted people. The only thing I can think of that I wish my school had done differently was centered around learning to use the long white cane. They didn't show me until I was thirteen. Instead, they wanted us to walk around with our hands in front of us, one at about chest height, and the other at about midsection level, to prevent us from running into things too hard. Now I had some residual vision, not enough to read print, but to see colors, and the outlines of obstacles, and I never did accept this strange behavior. When I turned thirteen, and I was told I'd have to learn to use the cane, I despised it as making me conspicuous. I was certain other people would notice, and sure enough, the first time I used it in school, someone decided to play jump rope with it, and landed on it, breaking it in two. I eventually got over all this, though, and high school was as fun as high school should be. Forgive the ramble. Lora ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kaitlyn Hill" <Kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2005 1:59 PM Subject: [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 > 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. 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