American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Fall 2015

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Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A Kid's Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Elizabeth Marks
Lenexa, KS: AAPC Publishing

Narrated by a boy whose father is on the autism spectrum, this book promotes respect, affection, and accountability among all family members. The book celebrates the diversity of relationships that children can have with their parents and emphasizes that they are loved. According to one reviewer, this book is "a must-have for every family, therapist, and teacher."

See as No Other
by Partho Bhowmick

See as No Other is a book of photographs by blind students in Mumbai, India. It also highlights the work of outstanding blind photographers from around the world. The author believes that photography helps give dignity, a new voice, and hope to blind photographers. The book is available in print, ebook, and audio DAISY formats.

In Touch with Pictures
by Partho Bhowmick
Mumbai, India: Beyond Sight Foundation
ISBN: 978-81-930431-0-3

In Touch with Pictures is a multisensory collection of photographs. It includes raised pictures, audio description, large print, and Braille to provide a holistic experience for blind and sighted audiences.


Seedlings Braille Books for Children currently sponsors two programs that get free Braille books into the hands of blind children.

2015 Book Angel Program for VI Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
Contact: (800) 777-8552

Thanks to Seedlings' generous donors, blind children in the US and Canada can receive two free Braille books per year. Register your child or student by filling out the form on the Seedlings website and create a wish list of four titles. Orders will be filled as time and materials allow. Two books from your wish list will be shipped together via Free Matter for the Blind.

Seedlings Adopt-a-Reader Program
Contact: (800) 777-8552, Extension 301

If you live in Michigan, Ohio, or Illinois, you may enroll your visually impaired child or student in Seedlings Adopt-a-Reader program. Once Seedlings matches your child with one of its generous donors, he or she will receive a gift certificate for $100 worth of free Seedlings books. Submit the enrollment form with a photo of your child so the donors can learn a little more about their adopted reader. Only first names will be used, and your contact information will not be shared.


Transitioning from School Years to Adult Services
Hadley School for the Blind
(800) 323-4238

The Hadley School for the Blind is pleased to announce a new online course detailing how parents and professionals working with a child who is visually impaired or has additional disabilities can maximize the child's independence at home, school, work, and in the community. The course covers the core areas of education; advocacy; and preteen, adolescent, and adult programs, services, and activities. Familiarity with this material can help a parent or teacher prepare a child for a successful transition to adult services once traditional schooling ends. To learn more about this and Hadley's many other free courses, visit the Hadley website.

Moving to Learn Series: Adapted PE for Students with Visual Impairments
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This four-part webinar series is designed to show how students with visual impairments can participate in regular physical education activities. The series is presented by known experts in the field of adapted physical education. The webinar includes an overview of adapted physical education for people with visual impairment, object control skills and motor development in children with visual impairments and blindness, locomotor skills and motor development in children with visual impairment and blindness, and physical activity for youth and adolescents with visual impairments.

Foreign Language Study

Duolingo is a free website that offers instruction in fourteen languages, including Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, and Turkish. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges. When Flash is enabled, blind students can access the interactive speaking lessons.


College Success Program for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Learning Ally

This program is based on research about the needs of blind and visually impaired students. It emphasizes self-advocacy, technology skills, extracurricular activities, and more. The curriculum includes guidance from blind mentors, several of whom are former NFB scholarship winners.


Tactile and Talking Maps
San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind
Contact: Greg Kehret, (415) 694-7349

In partnership with the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind designs and produces tactile maps of theme parks, transit systems, neighborhoods, floor plans, and more. These maps can aid mobility instructors and professionals looking to convey map information. Students can learn the layout of a neighborhood or a new school or campus. The maps consist of raised lines and four-color printing for high contrast. Audio information can be added, accessed with the aid of a Live Scribe Smartpen.


Macaulay Library

The Macaulay Library is the world's largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and facilitate the use of wildlife recordings for science, education, and the arts. If you want to identify the strange birdcall you heard in your back yard, or if you'd like to find out what a nightingale sounds like, this is the site you're looking for. In addition to thousands of bird species from around the world, the library also contains recordings of mammals, amphibians, insects, and even fish.

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