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Recent Blog Posts

Help Blind People Combat the Tendency to Rock Back and Forth

For years, teachers of blind students have been talking about teaching strategies for students who sway, spin, or rock back and forth in their chairs. In just a few months, we’ll be able to say that there’s an app for that, too. Developed by Tyler K. Thompson—an assistive technology teacher in New Mexico—uses an iPhone’s... Read more »

Posted on 16 July 2014 | 1:32 pm


Stop! Don’t Look at that Tactile Map, Yet – Part 1

I recently heard a teacher say this to a blind student: “Turn right, I mean left, I mean…stop!” Too many of the students who are blind or have low vision that I observe (fortunately not many in my school district) are having trouble orienting themselves in their classrooms. Directions like right and left are subjective,... Read more »

Posted on 15 July 2014 | 10:15 am


13th Annual Rehabilitation and O&M Conference

Sponsored by the National Rehabilitation Association, the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, and us—the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University—professionals in the field of educating blind students and adults from around the country will gather to discuss the latest issues and trends. We invite you to join us in Orlando, Florida for a day... Read more »

Posted on 27 June 2014 | 2:08 pm


Does Cane Travel Focus on the Right Skills All the Time?

A view from the summit of Mount DriskillAs I frequently tell my students who are learning to be cane travel instructors, our main priority must be on getting people back to work or school. However, we have to stop and remember that life isn’t just about work. There’s times where people need to have fun and enjoy themselves. We as teachers need... Read more »

Posted on 18 June 2014 | 9:20 am


Routine Class Project Changes First Grader’s Mind

A first-grader with low vision, who has so far been reluctant to use a cane, now cannot wait until she gets her first cane after using a “story box” created by Paige Morra, a graduate student in the Teaching Blind Students program at Louisiana Tech University. Based upon the book “I’m Gonna Like Me” by... Read more »

Posted on 12 June 2014 | 8:05 am


Is Your UEB Training Accessible to Everyone?

A few weeks ago, we hosted another workshop about the changeover from Literary Braille to Unified English Braille (UEB) here in Ruston. Whereas so much of the conversation about the coming changeover to UEB here in the U.S. is characterized by frustration, fear, and nervousness, the tone of our event was calm all around. Most... Read more »

Posted on 5 June 2014 | 4:50 am


Blind Science on the Morning News

“Moving Hand” experiment on KTVE morning news from Monroe, La. 5th-grader Malayja, one of the regulars in our Saturday Club programs, went on the local news this morning to conduct a science experiment. We’re all familiar with what happens when vinegar and baking soda come together, but she showed us a fun twist with a... Read more »

Posted on 30 May 2014 | 12:21 pm


Learn the Basics of Teaching Blind Students this Summer or Fall

Louisiana Tech University, headquartered in north-central Louisiana, will offer courses for those who want to teach blind students and begin a master’s degree in teaching. Summer 2014 (1st summer session) (6/4/14 – 7/9/14) EDCI 584/Orientation & Mobility Teachers of Blind Students Offered as a hybrid course (four weeks will be online; one week will be... Read more »

Posted on 27 May 2014 | 11:29 am


Science Isn’t Off Limits to Blind and Visually Impaired Children

Student sits in a chair and pumps air to boost herself into the air. A sign behind her reads, "Pump yourself up!"Science museums for kids are some of the best places for blind and low vision students, for nearly everything is tactile, virtually unbreakable, and inclusive for everyone. Sheena Manuel, NCLB, who provides outreach services on behalf of the Institute on Blindness, recently took her students (and those of Krystal Guillory, NCLB, another Lincoln Parish teacher... Read more »

Posted on 23 May 2014 | 10:52 am


School for the Blind Hosts Family Festival, New Partnership with Us

Lindsay jumping on a trampoline supported by bungee cordsMy daughter, Lindsay, and I had a wonderful time at the Spring Festival and Art/Talent Show at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired (LSVI) on April 16. Lindsay hopped in the bounce house, jumped on the bungee trampoline, rode in a horse-drawn cart, fed animals in a petting zoo, got her face painted, and... Read more »

Posted on 5 May 2014 | 10:25 am


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