The power of voice: How to teach your child to self advocate by Holly Scott-Gardner

Education can be a very confusing setting for parents of children who are just diagnosed. You probably have lots of questions, like can a blind person really fully participate in school? Will they ever be able to achieve the same things as their peers? But most of all you probably wonder how you and the people around you can support your child. Here I hope to offer you some practical tips for managing various subjects at school and how self-advocacy, most of all will benefit your child in the future. At 16 I returned to a mainstream school environment by … Read more

Touch Library @ Perkins

Several weeks ago we had the pleasure to visit Perkins School for the Blind. Just outside Boston USA, it is the oldest school for the Blind in America opening in 1829. It is famous for its education of Helen Keller, and its subsequent deaf-blind programme, but it is also an institution that trains teachers and develops new technologies. The Perkins campus – and indeed it was a campus – was a blind child’s dream. There were the careful consideration of the stone floor tiling, to enable easy navigation throughout the building. There was the gym whose floor boards changes to … Read more