Future Reflections Spring/ Summer 1986, Vol. 5 No. 2

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Free magazine

The Clovernook Home and School for the Blind sent us this announcement.

Juvenile Braille Monthly is a magazine edited and produced at Clovernook Home and School for the Blind, under the sponsorship of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The magazine comprises about 60 Braille pages per issue containing stories, poems, articles, games and puzzles selected from the print magazine Highlights for Children, Highlights describes itself as a "book of wholesome fun...dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge, in creativeness, in ability to think and reason, in sensitivity to others, in high ideals and worthy ways of living, for CHILDREN are of the world's most important people." The magazine is available free of charge, through the generous support of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. To receive the magazine, write to Juvenile, Clovernook Home and School for the Blind, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Parent Praises NFB, Wants Contact With Other Parents

Here are portions of a letter we received from a parent this past Spring.

May 19, 1986
Upon becoming the parent of a blind child I began sending for as much information as I could in regards to blindness from every source I could find. It has taken me some time to "weed out" the useful from the non-useful. Future Reflections and the Braille Monitor have done the most in educating me about blindness and my attitude regarding blindness.

Also, I noticed you often have letters from parents asking for contact from other parents who have children with particular eye conditions. I have yet to meet a parent who has children with the condition that caused blindness in my daughter. She has septo-optic hypoplasia (which has to do with the arrested growth of the optic nerve due to a pituitary defect). I would like to hear from any parents who have children with the same eye condition.

Kathy Frasier
402 Beaumont Drive
Vista, CA 92048

Braille Puzzles

From Poly Enterprises, Inc. comes this information.

Three New Aids To Help Teach Braille Brailled Alphabet Puzzles These two piece puzzles allow students to touch the letter, trace the grooves, and feel the jumbo Braille symbols. They teach how letters are formed so they can learn how to write the alphabet. They are available in both upper and lower case and have 26 individual letters per set. Large 4"x5" size. Each set $49.95 each. Brailled Number Puzzles Simular to the Alphabet Puzzles. Will teach how numbers are formed so student can learn basic math and how to write numbers. There are 10 numbers per set. Large 4 l/2"x6" size. $19.95 for the set. Brailled Form Boards Students will learn shape discrimination by fitting shapes into their correct spaces. There are three shapes per board with Braille symbols below each shape. The Form Boards develp fine motor skills and teach relationship between shapes and everyday living skills. Two sets of three shapes, $7.95 per set.

All products are made of safe, tough, rubberized vinyl and are easy to clean.

For more information write: Poly Enterprises, 230 E. Pomona Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016; (818) 358-5115.

Free Bible Cassetes

We have been asked to share this information about free bible cassettes for the blind.

Bible Alliance, Inc., P.O. Box 1549, Bradenton, Fl. 33506, Attention: Mr. Lee H. Hilliard (Phone 813-748-3031) is offering free Bible cassette tapes of New and Old Testaments, plus Bible messages, to all who are legally blind and those permanently disabled to such extent as to affect their reading ability. Orders from individuals directed to Bible Alliance shoud include written certification of blindness or reading handicap from an organization for the blind or from a physician, if possible. Certification is not necessary if an organization for the blind orders for the individual. Further details available on request.

Leber's Disease

A couple of parents have expressed an interest in communicating with other parents who have children who are going blind due to Leber's Optic Atrophy. One of the parents, Karen Kaplin, also had information she wanted passed on to others. She said, "In my search for answers, I discovered that the National institute for Health is doing reserach on Leber's. My son became part of this research this past June. Unfortunately N.I.H. needs many more people for their research. Their services were excellent. My son was examined by many doctors who performed many tests--all free. Unfortunately they had no answers, but if we all work together to locate people who have...this... condition, perhaps someone will find something to help us help those we love."

Here are the names and address of these two parents as well as the Doctor to contact at the National Institute of Health.

Karen Kaplan, 7724 Summerdale Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111; phone (215) 342-2793.

Carol Molick, Box #16, Cantrall, Illinois 62625; phone (217) 487-7077.

Dr. Muriel Kaiser, National Institute of Health, Bldg. 10 Room 10 N 226, 9000 Rockville Heights, Bethesda, Maryland 20892; phone (301) 496-3577.


In the winter 1986 issue of Future Reflections we published an article about Seedlings, a source of Braille books for blind children. The telephone number given in the article was incorrect. The correct number is: (313) 862-7828.

Braille Greeting Cards

Harry A. Fribush writes that, "It is now my 24th year producing combination print and Braille greeting cards for the deaf blind and hearing blind, and blind organizations. I am therefore asking all these people to keep my price-list as I shall continue the same prices for 1986." Here is the 1985 price list.

Feel and Read, See and Read.

Combination print and Braille Christmas cards with and without Scripture. Prices are 8 for $2.00 or 14 for $3.50. With name printed $.70 extra for each set. Name Brailled free by request only. Also available are combination print and Braille Greeting cards. Prices are the same. Envelopes...l00 #10 long white-$2.25. 100 6 1/2x9 1/2--$4.00 ($6.00 with metal clips). All orders must be prepaid in U.S. funds. Please include full payment with order and send to: Harry A. Fribush, Parkview, Apt. 104, 400 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY, 12203.

A Sketch From Eva

This "sketch" is reprinted from Direction, the newsletter of our Parents of Blind Children Division of the NFB of New Mexico.

Something fun to do with your young blind child is to go to an herb store. Let them feel their way through the store, from ginger root to rosemary essence. It's an experience for all of us! Our daughter enjoys the swimming pool a lot. She has been swimming since she was six months old, and at seven she swims like a dolphin in the water. In the wintertime we like to ski. Andrea is slightly hemiplegic as well as blind but she has the biggest smile on her face when she "shushes down the mountain. A hammock suspended from our vigas would give her hours of fun swinging....I find it most enjoyable to take my children to fun places so they can learn about the world, taking train rides and boat rides, visting the zoo, museums (Sante Fe is working on a children's museum - "hands-on"), a farm, or just a walk in the neighborhood. In essence, do what is fun for you and your child, and you will both enjoy it.

Braille Speak & Spell
Braille Speak & Math

A Maryland parent sent us information about how Speak & Spell and Speak & Math with Braille key boards are available from the Boston Parkway Lions Club. The Parkway Lions Club has provided them free of charge to blind children in their area, and, apparently has made them available at a reduced price to other Lions Clubs who may wish to do the same. For more information, write: Boston Parkway Lions Club, P.O. Box 225, Roslindale, MA. 02131.

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