Eddie is sitting next to his teacher, Julie, reading APH's "Splish the Fish" in braille using hand-under-hand while both are smiling.

My Version of “The Bill of Rights”

Last year, a document was created by the Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB) and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI). The document is titled, “A Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and their Families.” The idea for this document came about … Continued

Eddie smiling with table full of lessons and manipulatives at home

Adventures in Remote Schooling

After some time to adjust, Eddie started getting remote instruction. He has a very robust schedule when he’s attending in person at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We obviously can’t pull that off at home, so his teachers reached out in an effort to discover what was reasonable for our family … Continued

Eddie smiling while swinging on a swing set
Eddie wearing headphones, smiling

Spring Break Extended

When my son, Eddie, is home for days without structure or routine, he becomes a hot mess. We get nervous gearing up for spring break every year. Last week, before the world stood still, we even had his teacher and speech language therapist pay us a home visit to help set-up a schedule for unstructured days. They gave us tactile symbols for his favorite restaurant and shopping establishments…and now those can’t even be used.

Emily and Eddie at TSBVI!

Many parents of children who are blind end up becoming teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) or orientation and mobility specialists. As our children grow, we acquire greater insight into the complexity of their needs, and become intrigued by the work of their experts. I became a TVI when Eddie was six years old and … Continued

You Look Tired

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you’ve likely heard the statement “You look tired” many times. Maybe it’s at the end of the work day, or perhaps right when you walk through the door. Although you may have received the best night of sleep in weeks, you still can come across … Continued

Confidence, Optimism, and High Expectations Breed Faith

I was recently thinking about the variety of professionals that worked with Eddie over the years. Being an educator myself and reflecting on my own work, I was trying to remember what made some people stand out more than others. My conclusion was that those who had confidence in their decisions, optimism for Eddie, and … Continued