Guest Blogger: Meet Mason!

  Another guest post: Meet Mason! He is a feisty first grader who reads Braille and large print. Mason’s mom April shares their story with us today.  Tell us a little bit about your family and your child: Mason was born full term and healthy. We didn’t know there was an issue with his eyes…

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Oldies but Goodies from APH

 Tom and his APH lighbox.  Does your child get items from the American Publishinghouse from the Blind? If your child meets the federal definition of blindness they should! Ask your child’s TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) to sign your child up for Federal Quota Funds. What are Federal Quota Funds? I’m glad you…

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Halloween Challenge

A commenter presented me with a challenge yesterday: I realize that your son is still small but I was wondering if you had heard any ideas for Halloween games for the visually impaired? I’m in charge of my company’s Halloween party and 80% of our employees are visually impaired or blind. The only game we can agree on…

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Coming soon…Tom’s 1st day of Preschool

It is no small task to get your child into preschool at an approved private school (in our case, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children.) The planning and preperation started about six months ago and we still aren’t finished yet. The standard is that children with special needs should be in the least restrictive…

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Gifts for Blind Preschoolers

It’s time to update the gift guide! Tom is about to reach the ripe old age of three and his interests and abilities have changed significantly since I did the first gift guide. Here is the new list: Thomas Marshall Does It All – Gifts for Blind Preschoolers List. Please note that I am not endorsing any…

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I’m going to a special training…

I signed up for a training in October through PaTTAN (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network.) Their mission is to support the efforts and inititative of the Bureau of Special Education and to build the capacity of local educational agencies that serve students who receive special education services. PaTTAN TrainingsThe trainings offered by PaTTAN are often…

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Appy Friday Again!

New Apps! New Apps! Get some great App deals today! Check out http://momswithapps.com/ and be sure to find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/momswithapps so you can find out about the latest app deals. What is Moms with Apps? Its a blog that supports family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Many apps on today’s list…

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Midline?

What is the big deal about mid line? I can’t even tell you how many times I have heard Tom’s therapists talk about “crossing mid line.” Sure, reaching across his body. Ok…so what’s the big deal about that. Then I came across this blogpost called “Cris Cross Applesauce Cross Lateral” and it all made sense to…

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