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Parents Learn Value of Braille Literacy

Parents Learn the Value of Braille Literacy
by Jazmine Wilson, Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator

Mother reading Braille with daughter

During the month of April, CVI hosted a two-part series called Braille & Dual Media Workshop. Led by Jackie Anderson, a Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired, this program was hosted by the Children and Youth Services Department at CVI as a part of the regular parent group activities.

Ms. Anderson is a member of the National Federation of the Blind and works with the Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children. For years Ms. Anderson has served as an educator in the school system working with parents and children with vision impairments and is committed to working with families to understand the value of pre-braille literacy.

“Braille is a vital literacy tool for blind or visually impaired individuals,” said Anderson. “Parents are the first and primary teachers for their young children. A parent who knows Braille will be able to introduce and reinforce in the home Braille skills learned at school. Based on research, we know the positive impact that early exposure to print plays in life long literacy skill development of children and it is the same for children who are blind or visually impaired.”

Ms. Anderson’s passion for her work shines through her ability to present information in a way that is practical but also engaging. Her presentation stresses the fact that not only is Braille important for children to learn so they can live an independent life, but also for parents to learn so they can support their children in their independence.

One of the parents who attend the workshop said “Everything Ms. Anderson covered during the workshop was so valuable. I have been working to learn Braille and trying to teach my daughter and I now feel more confident and have the skills to do so.”

Parent classes are provided to parents of children who are blind or visually impaired and are enrolled in the Thursday class. The parent group meets every Thursday at CVI from 10: 30 am to 1:00 pm. Topics for parents include information on their child’s visual diagnosis and possible effects on access to the environment, IEP information, early childhood development, technology, advocacy, and resources for parenting a child who is blind or visually impaired.

To learn more about the BEGIN program and the Parent Support Group, click here.