Hi, E. I agree with you. I grew up in a school where I was the only severely visually impaired student there, so there was no mix of mainstreaming and a class for blind students, but I did have an itinerant teacher, and had there been such a class for an hour a day when I was younger, I certainly wouldn't have been against it. I mean, let's face it: Growing up, many of us do need to be taught with different techniques until we learn the basic skills to help us learn with the rest of the students, and I certainly agree with the mix. What does bother me is complete self-containment when it's not necessary...and forced mainstreaming of those students who really can't handle it. Take care. Julie Morales To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you need to be in their lives today. -- Unknown mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Windows/MSN Messenger (but not email): mercy0421@xxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ----- From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 4:16 PM 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.