I hope many parents, as well as teachers, will be attending the International Association for Education and Rehabilitation (IAER) July 30 through Agust 3, at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk, along the lovely San Anonio, Texas Riverwalk. Moving Into the Future is this year's theme, so hopefully, there'll be many good and interesting sessions regarding increasing Braille literacy levels, utilizing innovative new technology, and broadcasting new and badly needed orientation and mobility techniques.
Though it's aimed at professionals, Eric and I usually learned much more at these conferences (as well as Getting In Touch With Literacy), than at parent support group meetings; we could get the needed facts, then utilize them to suit Ethan to his best advantage. Could be it's because every person who's blind or visually impaired is different, as is every professional who works with them! You think?! ;)
Since our braille reader, Ethan is entering his senior year of high school, and is (thanks in no small part to his very own secret weapon/brl diva teacher, the mighty fabulous Diane Briggs) poised to begin college and start Moving Into his own quite tangible Future, I won't be attending. My work is done there! :) I will, however, be sending a large number of my hand cast pewter Braille jewelry pieces
- "dirty braille," included - with Teri from Reading and Radio Resources Dallas, where I volunteer as an AIRS news and book reader. The pieces sold will go toward benefitting reading services for people who for any reason, are unable to read for themselves.
As a last note, I hope everyone will make a special trip to the American Printing House f/t Blind table. They'll have jewelry making kits that include the plastic version of my Original braille/print alphabet beads, the design for which I donated to them so they could continue offering fun, creative ways for children to get braille into their hands - and onto their wrists!
Whatever you do for the rest of the summer, I hope you can slow it down a bit for the really hot days, and then, go flying into your Fall months of school and fun!
Sincere best, as always